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Peace talks won’t succeed sans Afghan govt inclusion: Asfandyar

AT-KABUL: Asfandyar Wali Khan, a veteran Pakhtun nationalist leader on Monday said the ongoing talks on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan would give no tangible result if the Afghan government sidelined.

Awami National Party (ANP) President Wali Khan expressed his surprise over the peace talks in Islamabad in the absence of Afghan government representatives.

“Pakistan, the US, Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries are attending the Afghan peace talks in Islamabad, where the Afghan government will not be represented,” the outspoken politician quoted by Pajhowk Afghan News as saying.

Addressing an event marking the death anniversaries of Abdul Ghaffar Khan at the Bacha Khan Markaz, Asfandyar made clear talks about Afghanistan without the participation of the Afghan government could not succeed.

Afghan Cultural Attaché Hazrat Wali Hotak and senior ANP leaders Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and Mian Iftikhar Hussain also attended the event.

Asfandyar told policymakers against dangers of “reckless steps” they were taking at a time when the country was facing increasing international isolation.

“Pakistan is facing isolation due to flawed and failed policies,” he said, asking Pakistani policymakers to learn from the mistake of the former Soviet Union.

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