While speaking at a weekly news briefing, the Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri briefed about the Afghanistan peace process.

He said that Pakistan has consistently maintained that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. An Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement is the best way forward for achieving lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The spokesman further said that Pakistan has been constructively engaged with all Afghan sides as well as the international stakeholders for facilitating the Afghan peace process. The international community has duly recognized Pakistan’s efforts in this regard.

Pakistan appreciates the progress made in the peace process during last one year, particularly the developments, including the signing of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement, the start of the Intra-Afghan Negotiations and agreement on the rules and procedures.

We believe that the Intra-Afghan Negotiations have now advanced into an important phase where all the negotiating sides are required to show continued commitment and responsibility for moving forward towards reaching a comprehensive political settlement. It is important for Afghanistan to seize this historic opportunity.

Pakistan has also continued to reiterate its calls on all sides for taking measures for reduction in violence leading to ceasefire, which is linked to progress in the Intra-Afghan Negotiations.

Pakistan reiterates its abiding commitment to a peaceful, stable, sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan.


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