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Mere statements of no help to Afghan peace talks: India to Pakistan

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Commenting on the current meeting held between President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the sidelines of the UN-sponsored climate change summit in Paris, Indian ambassador to Kabul said that if both countries want to see peace process, successful reduction in violence is a must.

Amir Sinha said that only sitting at the negotiations’ table and exchanging good words would not cure a country where 8,000 are being killed every year. “Reductions in violence is a basic thing to a successful peace talks, and this what Afghan government and India is expecting from Pakistan,” he said.

He expressed concerns about terror emanating from Pakistan and said that Afghans are also concerned about violence fueled by Islamabad.

“If Pakistan Prime Minister can deliver on these things, I guess we are on a good track and we will have peace and stability in the region which is very important for development,” he said.

While showing optimism about the peace talks, Sinha said that both countries should wait as it was a good commitment on the highest level.

President Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during their meeting promised joint efforts to promote Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

In response to a query, Amar Sinah told Azadi Radio that India is committed to support Afghanistan when needed. However, he said that equipping Afghan security forces was the duty of the international troops and the “Resolute Support”.

The Resolute Support is a mission of the NATO launched after security transition.

“Despite that we are neighbors we should support each other when needed. We should recreate the history and build the future. Thus, we are committed to support Afghanistan in every area, whether it is economy, reconstruction or security,” he added.

President Ghani’s political adviser, Akram Khpalwak, said that the peace process with the insurgents would not be resumed unless Afghanistan and Pakistan resolves their disputes.

He said that before reconciliation with the insurgents, both Kabul and Islamabad should resolve their problems because the Afghan war is controlled by Pakistan not the Taliban.