‘Military solution to Afghan issue will create further complications’

Pakistan on Wednesday said that a military solution to the Afghan issue will only create further complications, after its foreign minister returned home from a diplomatic offensive to engage regional powers which share a similar point of view on Afghanistan.

In an interview with Geo News, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said all three regional states—China, Iran and Turkey—acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices and backed its stance beyond expectations.

The foreign minister said that he has spoken to his Afghan counterpart, and Pakistan’s efforts were bearing good results, while stressing on the need for resolving the Afghan issue regionally. He urged the countries affected by Afghanistan’s situation to find a solution to it.

He also mentioned that he had briefed the prime minister on the issue, and soon the matter will be presented before the National Security Committee (NSC).

The foreign minister said that he also had talks pertaining to India’s political role in Afghanistan. “New Delhi won’t have a political role in Afghanistan. It will only be restricted to the economic sector,” he added.

“India’s investment in Afghanistan is not meant for its betterment, whereas the United States has clarified that New Delhi does not have a political role in Afghanistan,” he clarified.

Last week, Asif stressed that the United States should respect Pakistan’s territorial integrity.

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