Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (APP)
Islamabad (UNA-OIC) – Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday said Pakistan desires a better future for Afghanistan and supports a conducive environment to help the Afghan people achieve the goals of development and prosperity.
The foreign minister stressed that the international community must restore ties with Afghanistan for the betterment of its people. He also underlined that the protection of the lives of the people in Afghanistan and the sanctity of human rights was of utmost importance.
Qureshi said Pakistan was not focusing on negotiating with a particular group in Afghanistan, pointing out that he would visit Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran and consult with the leadership on the situation of Afghanistan.
The foreign minister mentioned that Afghanistan was a multi-ethnic country inhabited by people other than Pashtuns as well. In this context, he said, Pakistan wanted a government in Afghanistan that was broad-based and inclusive.
He warned that anti-peace elements as “spoilers”, who did not want a lasting peace in Afghanistan, were still active in the country.