Answering questions about the recent Moscow meeting on the Afghanistan situation, and particularly Pakistan's lack of attendance at the meeting, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said:
"Pakistan is party to several bilateral, trilateral, quadrilateral and multilateral mechanisms for dialogue and these include the Moscow format, and SCO Contact group on Afghanistan. Our decision not to participate in the instant meeting was made in light of our consideration that Pakistan can make a better contribution in formats and forums which can contribute constructively to peace in Afghanistan. We will continue to participate in all these mechanisms to their full potential and will continue to engage with our partners to contribute to peace and stability in Afghanistan."
Asked about Pakistan's envoy assigned to Afghanistan who left Kabul after a recent attack on the Pakistan embassy, the spokesperson said:
“Ambassador Ubaid Nizamani is still in Pakistan. At this stage, we have not made a decision on his return and we are assessing the conditions that are necessary for his return."
Meanwhile, Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, welcomed the efforts of regional countries to ensure peace and stability and added that stability in Afghanistan is important for the entire region.
"Providing peace and stability in Afghanistan is crucial for the region, and the Islamic Emirate is trying to maintain permanent stability and security in the region and security in the countries of the region. Nobody will be allowed to use Afghan territory against others,” Mujahid.
Analysts, however, had a variety of views about Pakistan's approach to maintaining stability and peace in Afghanistan.
"Sadly, Pakistan uses a dual policy against Afghanistan and says what it does not implement, which now creates problems for both Afghans and the Afghan government,” said Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst.
"Pakistan as a neighboring country can play a good role in providing peace and stability in Afghanistan in the economic and political sector,” said Hekmatullah Hekmat, another political analyst.
The spokesperson of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said that officials are discussing various issues, including security, with Afghan officials.
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