US looks to Pakistan to break stalemate with Taliban



Pakistan on Tuesday assured the US administration about its renewed efforts to help restart the dialogue process for peace in Afghanistan, with adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telling the US secretary of state that Pakistan would continue its efforts for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution to its war-torn neighbour, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably.

Aziz met Secretary John Kerry on the sidelines the 20th Ministerial Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) being held in Darussalam, Brunei. The official communication was the first between both governments after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office.

Separately, General Joseph E Dunford, commander International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), also called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani in Rawalpindi and discussed Pakistan’s role in breaking the stalemate in the dialogue process with the Taliban.

An ISPR statement, however, termed the meeting a “routine coordination visit”, stating that the two sides discussed matters of mutual interest with particular focus on border coordination measures.

An official source said the meeting discussed the stalemate between the US and Taliban delegations in their talks in Doha last week, as the Taliban were unhappy with certain strings attached by the US and Afghan government for talks.

Currently, talks between the US and Mullah Omar-led Afghan Taliban in the Qatari capital have suffered a stalemate due to reservations of Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the Taliban office, but the source said formal negotiations between American officials and Taliban representatives might begin soon.

“John Kerry has been informed that all the good work done to bring the Taliban insurgents to talking table may go wasted if the environment for talks is not conducive. Stalemate is not desired by any side so it was decided that Pakistan and the US would make steady efforts for the talks to restart,” the source added.

The source added Pakistan had been fully supporting the Doha process and it was in fact the key role played by Islamabad that helped secure the Taliban willingness for talks with the US and various Afghan groups in Qatar, as well as the opening of the Taliban office there.

Pakistan had also been instrumental in persuading the Taliban to soften their stance in the standoff with Karzai government over their office in Qatar and enter into meaningful negotiations with the US officials and other Afghan groups, including representatives of High Council for Peace in Afghanistan.

A statement by Foreign Office spokesman also dropped a strong hint about Pakistan’s assistance sought by the US, stating that the main focus of discussion between the two sides was bilateral cooperation in the post-2014 period.

“The adviser emphasised the need for holding the next round of Strategic Dialogue at ministerial level between the two countries. The strategic dialogue process provides an institutional mechanism to strengthen bilateral relations action in several areas through different working groups. In this regard Pakistan is looking forward to Secretary John Kerry’s visit to Pakistan,” the statement added.

The statement focused on seeking economic concessions from the US, stating that the adviser to PM also highlighted that the main focus of the foreign policy of the newly-elected government would be economic revival and socio-economic development.

“The two sides must make efforts to increase trade from the current level of $5 billion to $10 billion in the next five years. The adviser also stressed the need for greater market access to Pakistani exports to the United States.”

Secretary Kerry appreciated the new government’s focus on the economy and said he accepted in that context the importance of greater market access for Pakistan’s exports to US.

He emphasized that improved law and order was also necessary for economic revival and larger foreign investment.

Aziz hoped that the two sides would be able to have a comprehensive discussion on cooperation in several areas during the upcoming visit of Secretary Kerry to Pakistan later in the month.


  1. And is Pakistan American Slave working only for US interest when already lost 200 billion dollars with destruction of its economy. Economically Pakistan was intentionaly chocked by US so that its economy keeps on relying on IMF and in a way on her. US was giving green singal to IMF inexchange for do more list not mention ten and thousand of people killed like "Gajjar and Mullee".

    so right question Is Pakistan a Slave nation ? the answer is YES

    • No,the question is,are you an idiot for voting for a government who works for every ones interests but their own according to you??? sure just blame everyone else and act like a victim for your own ….up's

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