Afghan Peace Conference begins in Bhurban

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the Afghan peace conference said that Pakistan wants an Afghanistan which is at peace with itself and at peace with its all neighbours.

The Foreign Minister added that Pakistan believes in the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all its neighbours, including Afghanistan, and committed to a prosperous, peaceful, democratic and stable Afghanistan.

Qureshi was addressing the Afghan Peace Conference being held in Bhuban. At least 30 senior Afghan leaders are participating in the Afghan Peace Conference being held in Bhuban on Saturday. The conference has been organized by Lahore Center for Peace Research and the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute with the aim to discuss the peace process in Afghanistan.

Among Afghan politicians including Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, former Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor, second deputy chief executive Mohammad Mohaqeq, presidential candidate Abdul Latif Pedram, the High Peace Council Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili, presidential candidate Mohammad Haneef Atmar, former vice president Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, and former governor Ismail Khan are participating in the conference.

Afghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai was also invited to the conference, however, he couldn’t participate in the conference, however, in a statement he thanked Pakistan and organizers for the conference on Afghanistan.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar while addressing the gathering called for the withdrawal of all the foreign forces from Afghanistan. He added it isn’t an issue between Taliban and the united state of America, but the whole Afghan nation has to be taken into confidence to bring a durable peace. “There should be a complete halt to foreign intervention. Only the people of Afghanistan can solve the issues and bring durable peace to their country,” said Hekmatyar.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his address said that Pakistan has also suffered a lot due to the continues wars in Afghanistan. He added that now it is time to end the cycle of mistrust and work together for peacebuilding the region.