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Pak’s dubious role: Senate seeks int’l guarantee regarding peace talks

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Questioning Pakistan’s sincerity in the peace process of Afghanistan, Meshrano Jirga stressed that there must be an international guarantee that Pakistan will remain committed to Afghanistan.

Fazel Hadi Muslimyar, Speaker of the Meshrano Jirga, said that peace talks with Pakistan have turned into an enigma. “We want peace in Afghanistan, but we want to have upper hand in the peace parleys,” he added.

This comes at a time that President Ashraf Ghani met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the sideline of Paris Climate Change Conference the other day. The two leaders discussed resumption of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

It is worth mentioning that Pasthun nationalist leaders from Kheyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan during their recent visit to Afghanistan urged President Ghani to meet Sharif.

However, President Ghani’s deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashimi told Azadi Radio that only peace in Afghanistan can improve relations between the two countries.

However, Gul Ahmad Azimi, a member of the Meshrano Jirga, said that Pakistan has never been sincere, thus there should be an international guarantee that Pakistan will not peruse a double standard policy towards Afghanistan. “There should be an international guarantee to every decision between Kabul and Islamabad over peace talks with the Taliban,” he stressed.

Matiullah Kharoti, a political analyst, believes that international pressures have forced Pakistan to play its role in resumption of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.