Pakistan has ‘limited influence’ however not management over Taliban: Fawad

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has stated that stability in Afghanistan can solely be achieved by an inclusive authorities comprising all ethnic teams and rejected an impression that Pakistan controls the Afghan Taliban.

“It’s not the control that we exercise on the Taliban but we have a certain degree of influence,” the federal minister stated in an interview with BBC that aired on Monday.

Fawad stated because of the restricted affect Pakistan was in a position to carry the Afghan Taliban to the desk with the US for peace talks in February 2020.

“…We don’t control them [Taliban] and our advice to them is that please hold your horses and have an inclusive government if you want stability,” he stated whereas responding to a query.

The data minister stated there’s a must work carefully with regional powers and worldwide gamers for an inclusive authorities within the war-torn nation.

“We firmly believe that stability in Afghanistan can come only by including all the ethnic groups on board as Afghanistan is a hugely ethnically divided country,” he remarked.

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In a gathering with ousted president Ashraf Ghani, Fawad stated Prime Minister Imran Khan had mentioned the thought of forming an inclusive authorities within the war-torn nation.

“Our emphasis was on the inclusive government. Unfortunately, if the [Afghan] elections would have been delayed as PM Imran Khan suggested earlier and an inclusive government would have been placed, things might have been different today,” he stated whereas referring to the Taliban takeover of Kabul.

Fawad stated Pakistan had paid the “heaviest price” of the battle in Afghanistan. “We have misplaced 80,000 folks and billions of {dollars} within the economic system due to the Afghan battle and the rationale why Pakistan is conveniently blamed by others’ fault is that the powers who ought to have heeded to Pakistan’s recommendation earlier however Pakistan recommendation was missed and now we have paid the worth of this battle.”

As far as the way forward for Afghanistan is anxious, Fawad stated, Pakistan is working with the regional and worldwide gamers for an inclusive authorities within the neighbouring nation.

He stated Pakistan is able to taking over the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) however “we had a problem with the previous Afghan government as at that time India was using Afghan soil for funding the TTP”.

The data minister additionally appreciated the Afghan Taliban’s assertion that they might not enable their soil for use towards any nation.

“They have shown the world that Afghanistan will not become the haven of international terrorist organisations,” he said, adding, “If instability continues in Afghanistan then hundred will migrate to Pakistan that’s one of the reasons that we are trying our best to avert any instability in Afghanistan.”

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