Pashtun nationalist parties welcome start of inter-Afghan talks

Pukhtun Nama Web News

Pashtun nationalist parties, including the central government of Pakistan, have welcomed the start of inter-Afghan talks in Qatar and hoped that the talks would go well and a political solution be found to end the war in Afghanistan.

Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, leader of the Qaumi Watan party, said both Pakistan and Afghanistan were plagued by war and instability, adding that the talks were important for peace in the region because peace in Pakistan depended on peace in Afghanistan. Mr Sherpao told that:

“Peace in Afghanistan will affect us and our neighbors. We also want peace in the region and efforts for peace in the region are very important and we want to take steps to achieve these goals,” he said.

Sardar Hussain Babak, a member of the Awami National Party in the Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, said he welcomed the start of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, saying it was beneficial for Pakistan, especially for the Pashtun areas, with the peace economic activities would also grow on both sides of Durand line:

“The biggest benefit for us is that trade routes will be opened, an atmosphere of trust will be created between the two countries, so our millions of young Pashtuns who are in the UAE, Karachi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman or Malaysia will Come and Pakhtunkhwa will become a world trade center. ”

Dr. Hamid Khan Achakzai, a central leader of the Pakhtunkhwa National Awami Party and former provincial minister, says they support any action that benefits the Afghan people:

“As Pashtuns, we are in support of Afghanistan’s development and independence. We are very much optimistic that inter-Afghan talks will take place and that they will reconcile themselves.”

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the last 40 years of war in Afghanistan had also affected Pakistan, which had lost scores of people to terrorism, left homeless and suffered extensive economic losses. He said that at this historic juncture, past mistakes should not be repeated and the Afghan people should not be left alone as in the past.