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No military solution to Afghan conflict: Islamabad

No military solution to Afghan conflict: Islamabad

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Apr 06, 2017 - 08:32

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon has reiterated its long-held stance on the ongoing conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon, saying a military solution to the problem is not possible.

Focused efforts are needed for a politically negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told a parliamentary panel on Wednesday

Briefing the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee, he said Pakistan remained committed to continued efforts for facilitating an Afghan-owned peace process

Aziz said bilateral mechanism recently agreed between the two countries provided an opportunity for engagement to address terrorism and border management issues.

At a recent meeting in London, Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar and Aziz agreed to develop a framework for interaction at military, intelligence, security and political levels.

The process was to take off with a meeting of local field commanders, which would investigate recent border incidents.

In a tentative step towards that arrangement, Lt Gen Aamir Riaz and Afghan National Army’s 205th Corps Com­mander Lt Gen Daud Shah Wafadar spoke over the hotline.

While supporting all major peace initiatives in Afghanistan, Aziz said the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) was still alive and efforts were being made to make it more effective.

Involving the US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the group has been inactive since Talibaninfo-icon leader Mullahinfo-icon Mansoor Akhtar was killed in a US drone attack on Pakistani soil last year.

A statement from the Foreign Office quoted the advisor as calling for sustained focus on enhancing people-to-people exchanges. He said the visa system and facilities at border crossings were being modernised.

He added Pakistan had announced 3,000 additional scholarships for Afghan students in the field of higher educationinfo-icon after utilisation of the existing 3000 scholarships.

The advisor asked the Afghan government to convene the next meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority at the earliest.

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