Pakistan Says Spoilers Behind Scuttling US Afghan Talks
With the talks at Doha suspended after a Taliban attack on the main US base in Afghanistan in Bagram, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Pakistan.
He called on Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to apprise them of the latest situation vis-à-vis Afghan peace process.
In a statement after the visit, the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support as well as facilitating role in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process.
He said Pakistan believed that President Trump’s decision to resume dialogue with the Taliban was a positive development, to help establish peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
The Foreign Minister added that the vision of economic prosperity and connectivity could not be realized without a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. He assured that Pakistan will continue to play its positive role towards deepening bilateral trade with Afghanistan and realizing shared vision of regional connectivity.The bomb explosion near US Base in Bagram Afghanistan even as Doha talks resumed raises concerns of a division in the Taliban ranks.T
he Taliban have taken the responsibility of the attack and have claimed that their militants have succeeded to enter in to the U.S military base in Bagram.
The Taliban on the other hand have blamed the United States for launching air strikes in Sangin district of Helmand days prior to the Bagram attack.
There were some concerns that the division within the Taliban between the moderates and the hard liners could be the reason for parallel tracks of attacks and talks being adopted.
Importantly the Pak Foreign Minister Qureshi has raised concerns over spoilers in the peace process, who these could be has been left open, but the Afghan side may believe that it is the ISI of Pakistan who maybe creating hurdles.