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Sartaj Aziz rejects impression Pakistan controls Afghan Taliban

Sartaj Aziz rejects impression Pakistan controls Afghan Taliban

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has stated that peace cannot be achieved in Afghanistan without reconciliation process.

Addressing the inaugural session of the fifth round of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting here Friday, Sartaj Aziz said this group of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China were striving to ensure peace in war-torn country.

Aziz welcomed signing of peace accord between Gulbuddin Hekmatyar group, Hezb-e-Islami and Afghan government, and hoped other militants factions would also ink the peace agreements soon.

The advisor also rejected impression from some countries that Pakistan was controlling Afghan Taliban.

Sartaj Aziz urged Kabul for clear and positive response for Afghan Taliban, however, he went on to say that Taliban had not yet extended positive response for dialogues.

He asserted that anti-Pakistan statements from Afghanistan were putting negative impact on peace process.

“Pakistan and Afghanistan can jointly control infiltration,” he added.

He also condemned recent terror actions in Kabul.

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