Islamabad: Speakers were of the opinion that an intra-Afghan dialogue is the only way forward to solve disputes among all groups of Afghanistan. They cautioned that Afghan politicians must be wary of issuing irresponsible statements which may derail efforts to find a solution to this 20-year old conflict. There was consensus among the participants that peace and stability was main challenge after US withdrawal from the Afghanistan.
Addressing a symposium on ‘Intra-Afghan Dialogue ; A New Hope’ organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) here, Former Ambassador Riaz Mohammad Khan said that Pakistan has crucial role in Afghan peace process due to its geographical positions and population overlap which should be tackled smartly as nothing can offset this advantage of Pakistan. Ambassador (R) Riaz said that the United States and Russia could help peace process if a powerful national coalition had emerged in Afghanistan which had not come up yet.
Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ibrar Hussain said Iran and Russia were also among the major stakeholders in the peace process where both the parties had serious reservations on the peace process.
“Iran due to its association with Northern Alliance and Taliban’s adversary due to ethnic and religious differences has its concerns on the rise of Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan,” he added.
Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ayaz Wazir said there was mistrust between Afghan government and Taliban which should be reduced to make the peace deal successful which at present appeared as without any logical conclusion. He added that after consensus whatever government came into power in Kabul would have no option but to have friendly ties with Islamabad.
President IPRI, Vice Admiral (R) Khan Hasham Bin Saddique highlighted the takeaways of the discussion and said Pakistan should be vigilant in playing its role in Afghan dialogue whereas a proper roadmap for the process was necessary. He pointed out that economic integration, global partners’ incorporation was significant for the successful revival of peace and stability in the region.