Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that his country’s support for the Afghan peace process led to the “historic agreement” between the US and the Taliban in Doha that opened the way for intra-Afghan negotiations in Qatar.
“Our robust role in current quest for peace in Afghanistan is proof of our goodwill and understanding of our global and moral obligations,” Bajwa said at the Islamabad Security Dialogue, Bajwa. “Our close collaboration and crucial support for the peace process has led to the historic agreement between Taliban and US and paved the way for intra-Afghan dialogue.”
He said Pakistan “will continue to emphasize on a sustained and inclusive peace process for the betterment of people of Afghanistan and regional peace.”
He said that besides offering all-out support to Afghanistan peace process, Pakistan has also undertaken unprecedented steps to enhance Afghanistan’s trade and connectivity by re-energizing Afghan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement and also providing access to Afghanistan to export her goods to India, improving economic and trade environment along Pak-Afghan border by establishing border markets and development of infrastructure and being part of energy and trade corridors binding Central.
This comes as representatives of Russia, China, the US and Pakistan in a joint statement said they would not support the return of the Islamic emirate system in Afghanistan.
The statement also recognized the will of the Afghan people for peace, called for a reduction in violence from all sides and for the Taliban to not launch a Spring offensive, and reiterated calls for a negotiated settlement for the conflict.
“As stated in the UNSC resolution 2513 (2020), we do not support the restoration of the Islamic Emirate and we call on the government of the Islamic and the High Council for National Reconciliation to engage openly with their Taliban counterparts regarding a negotiated settlement,” the statement said.
The joint statement also called on participants in the intra-Afghan negotiations to engage immediately in discussions on fundamental issues to resolve the conflict.