Talks on Afghanistan more stagnant than bloody battlefield stalemate: Imran Khan

We have reached a rare moment for Afghanistan and our region, said Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He wrote an opinion in favor of the Washington Times published on September 26th.

"Apart from the confident Afghans themselves, no one has paid more for the conflict in Afghanistan than the people of Pakistan. In decades of conflict, Pakistan has taken responsibility for caring for four million Afghan refugees. Guns and drugs have also flowed into our country. The wars have disrupted our economic path and the extremes of our own society in 19 Pakistan and the Pakistan I learned to grow up in the 19 1970s has changed somewhat deeply. ”

He said the experience had taught Pakistan two important lessons: we are closely associated with Afghanistan so as not to cast a shadow over Pakistan, and peace and political stability in Afghanistan cannot be imposed from outside through the use of force.

"We understand that Pakistan will not know real peace unless our Afghan brothers and sisters are at peace."

So, when President Trump asked me to help the United States help Pakistan reach a political settlement through negotiations in Afghanistan, we did not hesitate to assure the President that Pakistan would do its utmost to facilitate such an outcome - and we said, he said.

He said the path we took to get here was not easy, but we were able to thank him for the courage and flexibility displayed from all sides. "The United States and its allies have facilitated the exchange of prisoners between Kabul and the Taliban. The Afghan government and the Taliban responded to the Afghan people's desire for peace. "

Prime Minister Khan said the issue of negotiations could be more difficult, which would require patience and compromise from all parties. But he said the world must remember that a bloodless stalemate at the negotiating table is infinitely better than a bloody stalemate on the battlefield.

He also warned against hasty international withdrawal from Afghanistan. "We must also defend against regional imposters who are not carefully invested and see the instability in Afghanistan as conducive to their own geopolitical endeavors."

He wrote that Pakistan would support the Afghan people in their quest for a united, independent and sovereign Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and its neighbors. He wrote that Pakistan believes that peace talks should not be conducted by force.

He said Pakistan never wanted to see Afghanistan as a sanctuary for international terrorism. "Since 9/11, more than 60,000 Pakistani security personnel and civilians have laid down their lives in perhaps the largest and most successful fight against terrorism. However, Pakistan continues to be the target of attacks carried out by an externally active terrorist group based in Afghanistan. ”

These terrorist groups pose a clear and current threat to world peace, the Prime Minister said, adding that Pakistan hopes that the Afghan government will control the interior of its territory from where terrorist groups will be able to plan and carry out attacks.

It's time to start the "next day" plan - how can the world help transform post-war Afghanistan into a lasting peace? How can we create a situation that will enable millions of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan and other countries to return home with dignity and respect? ”

"My vision for Pakistan is to prioritize development and prosperity for my country and our region through communication and economic diplomacy," he wrote. "Our initial discussions with the US International Development Finance Corporation have been encouraging and it is gratifying that the United States and Pakistan have agreed on the importance of a 'peace dividend' to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan," he said.

"For Pakistan, regional peace and stability is the key to realizing the collective aspirations of our people for a better future. To achieve this, we are committed to multilateral cooperation. "