Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz says he made it clear to the Afghan leadership during his visit to Kabul yesterday that Pakistan can play a role of facilitator in the intra-Afghan and Afghan-led peace process.
Speaking in the Nukta-e-Nazar programme of Radio Pakistan‚ he said that since it is an intra-Afghan and Afghan-led dialogue‚ they themselves have to decide on which subjects they will hold negotiations and with whom.
The Advisor said the Afghan leadership understands that Pakistan has great influence over Taliban and it can persuade them to meet with Afghan government and High Peace Council.
He said we are making efforts but ultimately it is intra-afghan and Afghan-led process and the basic responsibility lies with the Afghan stakeholders. He said we cannot give any guarantee. He said we do not control Taliban therefore we can only make efforts to persuade them to talk to High Peace Council.
To a question‚ Sartaj Aziz said Afghan President Hamid Karzai in principle accepted the invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Pakistan. He said dates of the visit will be finalized through diplomatic channels after Ramadan.
He said Afghanistan is our nighbour country and enhanced trade‚ economic and investment relations between the two countries will be beneficial for the two peoples. He said we are ready to remove difficulties if any‚ in the way of Afghan Transit Trade.
Sartaj Aziz said during his visit he had tried to address concerns of the Afghan leadership to a large extent and hoped that its outcome will be positive.