Pakistan won’t be asked to help revive peace talks: CEO

Create: 08/31/2015 - 14:21

KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Office Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said Afghanistan would not ask for Pakistan’s help for arranging the second round of talks with the Taliban.
The Afghan government and Taliban held their first face-to-face talks in Islamabad almost two months back. The second round was expected to take place on July 31, but cancelled due to announcement of Mullah Mohammad’s death.
The demise of Umar and a string of recent deadly attacks in capital Kabul forced the Afghan government to come hard on Pakistan. President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan of allowing militant hideouts on its soil
Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the CEO, told reporters efforts were being made to defuse tension between Kabul and Islamabad through diplomatic channels.
He said Afghanistan had repeatedly asked Pakistan to be sincere in the fight against terrorism and considered the enemies of Afghanistan as its own enemies.
He said: “Our demands are clear and there is no ambiguity: Pakistan should meet our demands to help restore a friendly relationship between the neighbours.”
Faisal added Afghanistan would make efforts for the revival of the second round of talks and that Kabul would no longer ask Islamabad to help facilitate dialogue.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani also asked the Pakistani government to honour its promises in a positive manner.