ISLAMABAD – Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar yesterday mentioned that the Afghans take into account Pakistan as their second residence.

Talking to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi right here, the visiting Afghan chief acknowledged Pakistan had been enjoying its reconciliatory position within the Afghan peace course of with sincerity.

Foreign Minister Qureshi advised the Afghan chief that Prime Minister Imran Khan had been repeatedly saying the one means for sturdy peace in Afghanistan was Afghan-owned political dialogue. “We are happy that Pakistan’s perspective is being appreciated at global level today,” he added.

Qureshi mentioned peace and stability within the area was linked to long-lasting peace in Afghanistan. He mentioned the Afghan management has a singular alternative within the type of intra-Afghan talks to revive peace in Afghanistan.

The FM mentioned Pakistan will proceed its efforts for peace within the area, together with Afghanistan.

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Qureshi welcomed the delegation and underscored the historic ties of amity and brotherhood between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s want to additional strengthen the shut fraternal relations between the 2 international locations.

The Foreign Minister emphasised that Pakistan has at all times supported a peaceable, steady, united, democratic, sovereign and affluent Afghanistan.

He added that Pakistan facilitated the method that culminated within the US-Taliban Peace Settlement in Doha on February 29, 2020 and supported the graduation of Intra-Afghan Negotiations.

He confused the significance of an inclusive, broad-based and complete political settlement via an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned course of.

He underscored that each one events should honour their respective commitments and work for discount in violence resulting in ceasefire. “The Afghan leaders must seize this historic opportunity to achieve durable and sustainable peace in Afghanistan,” he mentioned.

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The Foreign Minister additionally underlined the significance of exercising vigilance and guarding towards the position of ‘spoilers,’ each inside and out of doors.

He highlighted the steps taken by Pakistan to assist Afghanistan on its path to reconstruction and financial growth in addition to for improved transit and bilateral commerce relations.

The Foreign Minister underlined the significance of constructing the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland with dignity and honour part of the peace course of.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar arrived earlier within the day on a three-day go to to Pakistan for talks. He’s accompanied by a delegation.

Weeks earlier, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman, Afghanistan’s Excessive Council for Nationwide Reconciliation had visited Pakistan appreciated Pakistan’s efforts close to the Afghan peace course of.

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He had praised Pakistan’s latest string of confidence-building measures because the Afghan authorities and the Taliban attempt to finalise a peace deal.

Hekmatyar, a veteran Afghan mujahideen (holy warriors) chief has already expressed his willingness to kind an alliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

“Hezb-e-Islami is ready for direct talks with the Taliban, as well as for partnership and cooperation. We believe that if these two groups join hands, the crisis in Afghanistan will end soon and no force will be able to stand against it,” he advised supporters on the occasion’s headquarters in Kabul over the weekend.