Free Press Journal

Pak willing to nudge Taliban for talks if Afghanistan wants


Islamabad/ London

Pointing out that Afghan peace talks was ” miles away”, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday said Islamabad was ready to nudge the Taliban and their allies to make peace if asked to do so by the

Afghanistan government and not Americans or any others, PTI reports.

” I canalt39t say what influence we have with either, but what Ialt39m saying is that we are willing to do whatever the Afghans expect or want us to do,” she was quoted as saying by alt39 The Telegraphalt39 in London. Experts see Pakistan as vital for any farfethcing peace process to take place in Afghnaistan given Islamabads historic ties with the militant group which dates back to the Sovit occupation of Afghanistan. A leaked NATO report this week had alleged that Pakistans military- run ISI maintains close relationship with the Taliban.

Khar, who just returned from a one- day trip to Kabul, said, full- fledged peace talks were still ” miles away” and could only begin once the Afghan government determined how the process should be structured.

” Who can play this central role? Not Pakistan, the US, Germany, the UK, Qataris, Saudis or anyone, it has to be the Afghans,” she said.