Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

NSC for refocusing Pakistan foreign policy on regional states – Geo TV

ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee (NSC) on Tuesday held a meeting, wherein the top civil-military brass reviewed the current regional and international situation, read a press statement issued late Tuesday.

The meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, was attended by ministers of foreign affairs, defence, interior, PM’s aide on finance, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and chiefs of the three armed forces.

The forum was briefed on the current international and regional situation, particularly on relations with …. Read More on Geo TV

CEO Announces New Policy To Protect Civilians During Operations – Tolo News

Abdullah Abdullah, who is in Geneva for a UNHCR meeting, said the policy will provide guidelines to protect civilians during military operations.

Addressing the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdulalh on Monday said that Afghanistan is committed to consolidating its human rights gains through cooperation with its international partners.

Abdullah also stated that a new policy is being drafted for security forces that will go towards protecting civilians during military operations.

“The National Policy on Prevention and Mitigation of Civilian Harm under draft will soon provide specific guidelines to be undertaken during …. Read More on Tolo News

US Envoy Stresses Need For Peace Talks In Afghanistan – Tolo News

Hutchison said the US and NATO are not going to stand by and let Afghanistan be “riven with violence again”.

 A delegation of NATO ambassadors, on a two-day visit to Kabul, met with Afghan and Resolute Support officials where they reiterated NATO’s commitment to helping to achieve lasting security in Afghanistan.The NATO delegation included the permanent representatives to the organization from Germany, Hans-Dieter Lucas; Italy, Claudio Bisogniero; Turkey, Mehmet Fatih Ceylan; the United States’ Kay Bailey Hutchison and General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Hutchison said taking Taliban to the peace talks table is part of Donald Trump’s strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan.

“I think when the president (Donald Trump) said that, it was right…. Read More on Tolo News

Pakistan’s peace hinges on Afghanistan stability, Gen Bajwa says – Gulf News

He says despite limited resources, country is trying its best to export peace to its neighbours in the west.

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan’s lasting domestic peace hinges on peace and stability in Afghanistan.

According to details given here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) late on Saturday, Gen Bajwa was speaking at Munich Security Conference where he gave Pakistan’s perspective on global and regional security.

He said despite limited resources, Pakistan is trying its best to export peace to its neighbours in the west. He said Pakistan and Afghanistan are sovereign countries and…. Read More on Gulf News 


Path to regional peace-stability pass through Afghanistan: Qamar Bajwa – Pak Tribune

KABUL: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday reiterated that path to regional peace and stability passed through Afghanistan, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

“Regions develop as a whole, not individual countries,” the army chief said while addressing the Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference in Kabul. He said that collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges for which Pakistan is ready to play its part.

Gen Bajwa told the conference that Pakistan had eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil, according to …. Read More on Pak Tribune

Success eludes second round of Pak-Afghan security talks – DAWN News

ISLAMABAD: The second round of Pakistan-Afghanistan talks on an engagement plan on peace and security issues ended on Saturday without making any headway on its key elements because the Afghan delegation felt that their priorities were not being addressed.

The two sides could not only agree on a joint statement to sum up the two-day proceedings, but gave divergent accounts about the outcome.

The Pakistani version came through Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal’s 12-word tweet that essentially said more needed to be done to bridge the difference of opinion with regards to the proposed Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). The tweet did not even say if the two sides would…. Read More on DAWN News

Afghan conflict can’t be resolved by military solution: Pak PM – ANI News

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 5 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that the decades-old insurgency in Afghanistan would never be addressed with a military solution and that both sides should opt for peace talks.

“At the end of the day the Afghans have to sit down and talk,” Abbasi said in a TV interview.

According to the Tolo news, Abbasi expressed concerns over the increasing number of United States troops in Afghanistan and said that Islamabad was ready to…. Read More on ANI News

Afghan president leaves open possibility of talks with some Taliban – The Nation

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left open on Saturday the possibility for talks with militants who accept peace but said the door was closed to those who cause tragedies like recent attacks in the capital, Kabul.

An attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on Jan. 20 and a suicide bombing on a crowded city street a week later have stoked public anger and stepped up pressure on Ghani’s Western-backed government to improve security.

The attacks, which killed more than 130 people and were…. Read More on The Nation