Pakistan calls for political settlement in Afghanistan

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has said that all energy should be focused at finding a political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan. Responding to a question during his weekly news briefing in Islamabad Thursday, he said efforts need to be made to find an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement as there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
The spokesperson said India has always played a role of spoiler in the Afghan peace process. He said Pakistan and China are committed to facilitate and support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
Answering a question, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan believes in maintaining close, cooperative and brotherly relations with Afghanistan and there is no plan to downgrade our diplomatic ties with Kabul.
He said negative statements by some elements, who do not truly represent the people of Afghanistan, cannot be allowed to adversely impact the important relationship, particularly at this juncture of ongoing peace process in Afghanistan.