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Inclusive set-up important for Taliban to gain people’s confidence, int’l acceptability: FM Qureshi

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi Thursday said the international community should fulfill its responsibility and help Afghanistan iin achieving peace, stability and prosperity.

Speaking at the 4th Think Tank Forum here, he said Pakistan was supporting efforts to establish sustainable peace in Afghanistan. The use of force in Afghanistan put hurdles in the way of finding a political solution to the conflict, he added.

He said the international community was surprised on the way Afghan security forces vanished and Taliban took control of Kabul. Apparently civil war had been averted in the country, he noted.

The minister said after taking control of the government, Taliban announced general amnesty and made announcements regarding protection of rights of women, freedom of expression, provision of employment and education and setting up of an inclusive political system.

He urged the Afghan leadership to show sagacity in the present situation.

Pakistan was the only country which always advocated a peaceful solution of the Afghan conflict, he added.

The minister said Pakistan would benefit most from peace and stability in Afghanistan as due to war in its neighbouring country, Pakistan suffered most and many lives were lost and its economy was adversely affected.

The minister expressed sorrow over the sad demise of veteran Kashmiri leader Ali Shah Gilani and eulogised his services for the Kashmir cause.

The foreign minister said inclusive set-up is important for Taliban to gain people s confidence and international acceptability. It will open new vistas of cooperation at regional and international level.

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