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Policy of non-interference to improve ties with Kabul: Aziz

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Special Advisor to the Pakistani premier on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Sartaj Aziz, has said that policy of non-interference in the matter of other countries would help to improve relations with Kabul and New Delhi.

Addressing his country’s National Assembly, he said that Pakistan government had taken important steps at internal and external fronts in a bid to overcome security problems.

Hinting to the military operation titled Zarb-e-Azb conducted in tribal areas and also Karachi operation against criminals, he said that such crackdowns are very vital to get rid of security challenges in Pakistan.

He was winding up discussion on an adjournment motion moved by Mushahid Hussain Syed, about the US President’s remarks that instability would continue in Pakistan for decades.

Aziz blamed the US for the regional instability and said that it was the US administration that created “holy warriors” in the tribal belt and abandoned them soon after the war was ended.

“Now they are contributing to decades of instability in Pakistan and the region,” he said referring to the left worriers.

“Pakistanis answer to instability is the strengthening of democracy in the country. The US created holy warriors in our tribal areas during the Afghan Jihad and then left them soon as the war was over, a factor which contributed to decade of instability in Pakistan and the region,” Aziz was quoted by Pakistan’s ARY news as saying.

His remark has come only one day after the quadrilateral meeting hosted by the Afghan government in Kabul, where representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China shed light on methods how to create a roadmap for resumption of Afghan peace talks with Taliban.

The first round of four-way meeting was held in Islamabad and the participants decided to come together in Kabul for the second round of the meeting which was held on Monday, January 18. The third round of the meeting is expecting to be held again in Islamabad on February 6.

The first round of face-to-face peace talks between Afghan government and the Taliban was stalled after the Taliban confirmed the death report of their leader, Mullah Omar. In the quadrilateral meeting representatives of the four nations backed Afghan-owned Afghan-led peace and reconciliation drive.

However, Afghan civil society groups blamed the government over absence of female representatives in the meeting, but they hoped that the meeting might give birth to a tangible result and ensure peace and security in the country.

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