War and reconciliation cannot go side by side: FM

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ISLAMABAD, June 14 (Online): Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said war and reconciliation cannot go side by side.

“ war and reconciliation cannot go side by side. Today Afghanistan has changed. Afghan issue can be addressed through dialogue”, he said this while addressing inaugural session of bilateral talks between Pakistan and Afghanistan here Monday.

He went on to say Pakistan is a peace loving country and world view has now changed. Peace is desire of all. Peace in Afghanistan is critical to the region. Pakistan wants peaceful, prosperous and sovereign Afghanistan.

He underlined Pakistan has taken all possible steps for peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan efforts for peace in Afghanistan were lauded at global level.

He remarked US understands it that problems facing the region can be sorted out only with the help of Pakistan.

The statement given by Afghan national security advisor disappointed us as such statements can sabotage peace efforts, he declared. Afghan leadership and others should repose trust on Pakistan and go ahead by burying the past , he added.

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