Afghanistan will have lasting benefits for region in peace: PM

News Desk

Return of peace in Afghanistan will have lasting benefits for the region and beyond, through economic development, regional trade and improved connectivity.

This has been stated by the Prime Minister Imran Khan while talking to Head of Massoud Foundation of Afghanistan Ahmad Wali Massoud and his delegation, who called on him in Islamabad on Thursday.

On the occasion, Imran Khan reiterated his conviction that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward. After Afghanistan, Pakistan is the most desirous to see return of peace in Afghanistan as it is deeply affected by the conflict, he said.

The Prime Minister has highlighted that Pakistan has extended full support to facilitate the US-Taliban Peace Agreement and the initiation of Intra-Afghan Negotiations. He stressed that the Intra-Afghan Negotiations provides a historic opportunity which must be seized by the Afghan leadership to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

“Pakistan has been emphasizing to all sides to work together constructively, take steps for reduction of violence leading to ceasefire, and secure a political solution for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan,” he added.

The Premier recalled the historic contribution of the late Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was a key Mujahideen leader, during the Afghan resistance movement.