Pakistan seeks end to violence in Afghanistan

Pakistan asked all parties to the Afghan conflict to take steps to reduce violence leading to a ceasefire in-country

Feb 19, 2021
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Pakistan asked all parties to the Afghan conflict to take steps to reduce violence leading to a ceasefire in-country. This came after NATO dropped enough hint to stay on in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan has continued to reiterate its calls on all sides for taking measures for reduction in the violence leading to a ceasefire, which is linked to progress in the Intra-Afghan Negotiations,” the Foreign Office spokesperson was quoted as saying Tribune.

As per the Doha accord, foreign forces are supposed to leave Afghanistan by May this year. However, since Joe Biden became the US president, the chances that the US-led foreign forces would stick to that timeframe are slim.

While the Biden administration is currently undertaking a review of the deal, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that the military alliance would only leave Afghanistan when security conditions allow.

Currently, NATO has around 9500 troops, including those of the US, in war-torn Afghanistan.

“The main issue is that Taliban has to reduce violence, Taliban has to negotiate in good faith and Taliban has to stop supporting international terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda,” NATO General-Secretary  Jens Stoltenberg was quoted as saying by Tribune. “We will only leave when the time is right and the focus now is how we can support the peace talks,” he added.