Afghan peace a shared responsibility, Pakistan tells US

Create: 08/31/2015 - 14:21

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Long reviled for its links to militant outfits, the Pakistan Arm has said bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan is a shared responsibility of the international community.
A prestigious Pakistani newspaper quoted an unnamed military official as spurning America’s allegations that Pakistan was not doing enough to deal with the threat from the Haqqani network.
Soon after US National Security Adviser Susan Rice wrapped up her visit to Islamabad, the security official told Dawn: “It is the responsibility of all sides and stakeholders to work toward peace in Afghanistan.”
Rice reportedly conveyed a list of measures that Pakistan should take to eliminate the threat posed by the Haqqani network and dismantle terror networks on its soil.
At a meeting with Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif, the American advisor raised concerns over the Haqqani network. “There was a frank, candid and intense discussion…. Both sides were open,” the official said.
He obliquely blamed the Afghan government for its role in suspension of peace talks with the Taliban, saying Rice had been told the reconciliation process started in Murree on July 7 had stalled.
The fragile peace process was suspended a day before the second round of talks was to be held in Pakistan on July 31 because of the disclosure by Afghan intelligence of Taliban chief Mullah Omar’s death.
While Rice appreciated Pakistan Army’s counter-terrorism operations in the volatile tribal region, both sides agreed on closer coordination in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.