(Washington) Pakistan’s national security adviser said Wednesday that the Afghan government and the Taliban must make mutual concessions to reach a peaceful solution as the insurgents take advantage of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan to multiply territorial gains.
Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm
At the end of a week of negotiation in Washington, Moeed Yusuf wanted to relativize Islamabad’s influence on the Taliban, even though Pakistan was one of only three countries to recognize its radical Islamist regime when they were in power in Kabul, following the American military intervention after the September 11, 2001 attacks .
“Even if our printing tactics are limited, we made use of them,” he assured journalists and assessed them as “further reduced” with the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, almost complete.
“We made it very clear that we would not accept a violent seizure of power,” he added.
But he apparently called for more US investment in a diplomatic settlement of the conflict and said that the Afghan government should also stop hoping for a military victory.
“Given the reality on the ground, concessions will be required. But the violence has to stop, ”he insisted.