Pakistan is committed to bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan, said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
He was speaking to the media in Qatar on Tuesday.
Qureshi said that the press conference of US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham shows that the relations between the two countries are improving. “Those who were pointing fingers at us are now praising us,” he said. They are even speaking about a strategic partnership.
Senator agreed with Imran Khan that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. The world is recognising the significant role of Pakistan in bringing peace to Afghanistan, said the foreign minister. He clarified that Pakistan is playing its role but it is a shared responsibility. “We understand that regional countries will have to play their role too in order to resolve the Afghan issue,” he added.
On January 20, Senator Graham said that the United States should replace its transactional relationship with Pakistan into a strategic partnership. He was addressing a news conference in Islamabad.
PM Khan is in power and we have a unique opportunity to transform the relationship into the one that is beneficial for both the countries, he remarked. Graham said he will urge the US President Donald Trump to talk to Prime Minister Imran Khan to take forward the relationship and the Afghan reconciliation process.
Imran Khan was criticised for talking about reconciliation in Afghanistan, he remarked. “Imran Khan was right as the war there will only end through reconciliation.” It is not in anybody’s interest that the Taliban reclaim Afghanistan by force. It is time for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.