Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Imran Khan: I will meet Taliban leaders after the US visit


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan on Tuesday said he would meet Taliban tribesmen once returned to his country as an attempt to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

Khan said so in Washington on his first official visit to the United States (US) who saw him meet President Donald Trump at the White House, a day earlier.

He said he also spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

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“When I return to Pakistan, I will meet the Taliban leaders and work well to persuade them to talk to the Afghan government,” Khan said.

Speaking at the US Security Institute, a federal bipartisan body, Imran Khan said he had been contacted by the Taliban a few months ago after winning his country elections in July 2018, but had no chance of meeting because they did not accept Kabul’s consent.

“The Taliban contacted me as I repeatedly pointed out that the situation in Afghanistan could not be resolved militarily.

“On that basis, I seem to have credibility in their views,” Pakistani PM said.

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Imran yesterday met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who emphasized the importance of cooperation and Pakistan played an important role in supporting the process of peace and fighting terrorism in Afghanistan.

In the present scenario, the US president has taken bold steps for peaceful solutions of Afghanistan and at the same time offered the mediation for the occupied Jammu & Kashmir issue.

Asian region has vast trade potentials to benefit Arab countries and the United States besides China and Russia.

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