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Imran vows to ‘do everything’ to reduce violence in Afghan

Kabul: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the country will do everything and whatever is possible to reduce violence in Afghanistan.

Addressing a press conference, along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday, Khan assured his Afghanistan counterpart, “We are assuring you that we will do more than your expectation.”

 

Khan said that Pakistan had played its part in getting the Taliban to participate in dialogue. He claimed that Pakistan being an immediate neighbour of Afghanistan, has a high stake in Afghanistan remaining peaceful.

Khan thanked President Ghani for inviting him to visit Kabul, adding that he had desired to visit the country for the past 50 years.

Ghani called Khan’s visit to Kabul as ‘historic’, adding that Pakistan’s Prime Minister has come with a message that ”violence is not the answer to the current situation”.
Ghani called on all parties in the country to establish peace. ”The demand of Afghan people is a comprehensive ceasefire,” he said.
Khan arrived in Kabul on Thursday for his first official visit and met Afghan leaders and discussed ”bilateral ties”.

Afghan government officials have often blamed Pakistan for instigating terror inside Afghanistan, which believes that Pakistan especially its military has significant cloud over the Islamist Taliban militia.

 

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