ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for Afghanistan for reconstruction, economic development and dignified return of the Afghan refugees.
He was talking to leader of Hezb-e-Islami of Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who called on him in Islamabad .
The Prime Minister, while welcoming the Afghan dignitary, underscored historic bonds of friendship and brotherhood between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister underscored the importance Pakistan attaches to the fraternal Afghan people and reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to foster closer cooperation with Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister expressed best wishes for successful outcome of the Afghan peace process as Pakistan has the highest stake in peace and stability in the region.
He reiterated Pakistan’s long-standing position that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process is the only way forward.
The Prime Minister noted that Intra-Afghan negotiations have provided a historic opportunity for the Afghan leadership to establish lasting peace.
Underlining the positive contribution made by Pakistan in facilitating the Afghan peace process, the Prime Minister hoped that the Afghan parties would work to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.
The Prime Minister also warned against the damaging role of spoilers, within and outside Afghanistan.
Besides undermining peace and stability, the Prime Minister underlined that this could also undermine the peace dividend to be accrued in terms of progress and prosperity of the Afghan people.