Afghan acting FM advices Pakistan, TTP to sit for dialogue


Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Muttaqi on Monday requested the Pakistani government and the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) sit together for dialogue, Tribune reported.

Speaking at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Muttaqi said that the Afghan Taliban had helped initiate negotiations between Islamabad and the TTP. “We do not want any bloodshed and unrest on the land of Pakistan,” he maintained, adding that the two neighbouring countries face serious security and political challenges.

Muttaqi also said that Afghanistan’s territory will not be allowed to be used against any country, adding that “Pakistan and Afghanistan have to jointly invest in infrastructure, especially railways, and corridor projects”.
He added that the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan have made sacrifices and now “we have to take advantage of the opportunities for economic development”.
The acting FM also stressed that economic connectivity with Pakistan and Central Asian countries is essential, Tribune reported.

Referring to Afghanistan’s current economic situation, Muttaqi said that the Taliban government has tried to overcome the challenges and improve the situation after coming to power.

The foreign minister also added that according to a World Bank report, inflation has decreased in the war-torn country and the Afghan currency has also stabilised.
Muttaqi is currently on a four-day visit to Pakistan. Besides holding bilateral meetings, he has also participated in the 5th China-Pakistan-Afghanistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue on Saturday, Tribune reported.

In February, a high-level delegation led by Pakistan’s defence minister visited Kabul and conveyed its concerns, and told the Afghan interim government that the policy of holding talks with the TTP was over, Tribune reported.

The visit had come against the backdrop of a surge in terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Attacks in Peshawar Police Lines and Karachi Police Office had compelled Pakistani authorities to contact the Afghan Taliban.