Ghani insists on ‘reconciliation first with Pakistan’ to bring peace in Afghanistan


Kabul, July 2 (TNS): Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Afghan government is not asking Pakistan to bring peace in Afghanistan as the Afghan government wants reconciliation with the country, Afghan media reported on Sunday.

Speaking to a gathering for the introduction of the new high peace council chief, President Ghani said the Afghan government and nation wants peace with Pakistan, emphasizing that Afghanistan is not expecting Pakistan to bring peace.

The Afghan President has long been insisting that the country is facing an undeclared war as the Afghan officials accuse Pakistan for supporting and providing sanctuaries to the terrorist groups in its soil which strongly denied by Islamabad.

Earlier, President Ghani had said that for peace in Afghanistan it is important that the Afghan government should reach to a peace agreement with Pakistan first.

He alleged last year that the Taliban insurgents would not last even for a month in case they do not receive support from the outside, pointing towards Pakistan.

In his speech during the Munich security conference, President Ghani said it would be difficult to bring peace and end the conflict in Afghanistan as long as the distinction by certain regional elements exist regarding the good and bad terrorists.