Talks with Pakistan might be more effective than with Taliban: Ghani

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said negotiations with Pakistan would be more effective than peace talks with the Taliban group.

President Ghani told reporters in Kabul afternoon that policy of the Afghan government is clear. He reiterated his last year’s remarks, saying that Afghanistan is engaged in an undeclared war with Pakistan for the past 14 years.

Regarding his upcoming visit to Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia summit and share the issue of Afghan peace talks, President Ghani said, “We have right to defend our fundamental rights in every summit or place.”

He added that the government of Afghanistan will welcome all the Afghans waging war against the country, provided they accept the national constitution and rights of their fellow countrymen.

President Ghani delivered a similar statement in the month of May this year, insisting on reconciliation process with Pakistan as the first step to bring peace and stability in the country.

He also added that the ongoing violence has been enforced on Afghanistan and the Afghan people and reiterated that Afghanistan does not favour war.

Pakistan facilitated the first round of direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban in Islamabad this year but the second round of the talks scheduled in July failed due to the disclosure of the death of Taliban founder and supreme leader Mullah Omar. Agencies

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