‘Pakistan backs Afghan-led reconciliation process’


UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan supports an Afghan-led and inclusive reconciliation process in Afghanistan to pave the way for durable peace and stability in the war-torn country, Pakistani Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon has said. “We have a stake in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan,” he said while participating in a discussion panel at the UN on Afghanistan.
The well-attended event was organised by the Century Foundation and Mid-Atlantic region of the United Nations Association of the United States. Other participants were Robert Finn, a former United States to Afghanistan and Zahir Tanin, Afghanistan’s UN Ambassador. Jaffrey Laurentia, senior fellow in international affairs at The Century Foundation, was the moderator.
Elaborating his remarks on the Afghan reconciliation process, Ambassador Haroon said Pakistan had welcomed the establishment of the high-level Peace Council in Afghanistan and its head Burhanuddin Rabbani visited Islamabad last month. “Pakistan wants durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, stability and development in Afghanistan is in our national interest”, he said, adding that the safe return of more than 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan was only possible in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.