Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that Imran Khan wants to meet Taliban to hold direct peace talks and Taliban leadership has responded positively.
"The prime minister wants to hold a meeting with the Taliban," he told journalists at a press meet in Islamabad on Monday.
When asked about a timeframe, Qureshi told WION’s Anas Mallick, “I don’t have a hotline with Taliban to tell when they would come, but I wish I did.”
Talking about Pakistan’s ongoing efforts for talks with the Taliban, Qureshi said that Pakistan is moving forward in good faith. But Pakistan is not a guarantor but only a facilitator in the Afghan peace process.
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He also said that the Afghan peace process is a shared responsibility Pakistan cannot do it alone, we are moving ahead with sincerity.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the peace process is at a critical point and the United States wants Pakistan to pressure the Taliban into a permanent ceasefire and participation in inter-Afghan negotiations that would include the Afghan government.
Trump wants to end US military involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s cooperation will be essential to any deal to end the war and ensure the country does not become a base for terrorist groups like Islamic State.
Qureshi said that Pakistan is moving forward in good faith. But Pakistan is not a guarantor but only a facilitator in the Afghan peace process.