Dialogue Initiated with Taliban for an inclusive Afghan govt, says PM Imran

Dialogue Initiated with Taliban for an inclusive Afghan govt, says PM Imran

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that he has initiated a dialogue with the Taliban for the formation of an inclusive Afghan government to include Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, the premier said that the decision was made after meetings in Dushanbe with leaders of Afghanistan's neighbours and especially a lengthy discussion with Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon.

He added that after 40 years of conflict, this inclusivity will ensure peace and a stable Afghanistan, which is in the interest not only of Afghanistan but the region as well.

PM Imran, who paid a two-day visit to Tajikistan mainly to attend the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS), met with the leadership of Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries, including Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

On Friday, while addressing the SCO Summit in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, Imran Khan said that secure and peaceful Afghanistan is vitally important for Pakistan and regional stability.

He said that an inclusive political settlement is the best way forward in Afghanistan, along with ensuring the safety, security and protection of rights of Afghans.

PM Imran also urged that the Taliban must fulfill the pledges especially for an inclusive political structure.

He said it is important to ensure respect for the rights of all Afghans, and that Afghanistan is never again a safe haven for terrorists.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan has an abiding interest in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.