Ready for mediation between the Afghan government and Taliban: Pakistan

Vastavam web: Pakistan today said it was ready for mediation between the Afghan government and the Taliban as it extended support to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s political process in the war-torn country.Speaking at the second Kabul Process conference, Ghani yesterday said that his government was ready to recognise the Taliban as a political group and offered unconditional talks with the militant group to “save the country”.”The talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are actually discussions between two political forces, and Pakistan will support it Pakistan is also ready for one-on-one mediation with the Afghan Taliban,” he said.

He said Pakistan wants peace and stability in the neighbouring country, while stressing that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict.”The US can have an interest in Pak-India discussions, but before that it should create some balance in its South Asia policy,” he said.He also talked about the so-called “institutional interests” in Pakistan and said that practice of portraying interests of institutions as the greater national interest “will also be changed soon”.”The effects of the 80s and the Musharraf era still exist, Pakistan will not make the same mistakes now to keep American interests above its own interests,” he said.