Published On: Fri, Jul 30th, 2021
Published in Category: Islamabad

Stakeholders in Afghanistan should jointly work to make intra-Afghan dialogue a success

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ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Chairman Shehryar Khan Afridi on Thursday said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other stakeholders bore the responsibility to make the intra-Afghan dialogue process a success.

Pakistan had already done what it could do to facilitate the Afghan peace process, he said while addressing the participants of Pak-Afghan Media Conclave held under the aegis of Pak-Afghan Youth Forum at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

Afridi said Pakistan fully believed in the sovereignty of Afghanistan and not in interfering in its affairs. It did not believe in the so-called strategic depth into Afghanistan, rather it strongly believed that the Afghan people must resolve their issues themselves.

Pakistan had been fully supporting the Afghan peace process, he added.

The minister said it was ready to help in the capacity-building of Afghan journalists and media workers, particularly for reporting in the conflict zone.

Afridi said Prime Minister Imran Khan had a meeting with the Afghan media delegation and what transpired in the meeting would be shared with the Afghan security team.

He said Pakistan had contributed hugely in the development of war-torn Afghanistan. Over 20 persons, who had born and grown up in Pakistan, were included in Ashraf Ghani’s last government, and now more than 1, 000 such Afghans were playing an important role in the reconstruction of their country, he added.

He said most of the Afghan cricketers had also got profound training in Pakistan, while the top Pakistani cricketers, including Rashid Latif, Inzamamul Haq and others, trained the Afghan team.