Imran Khan calls to reduce violence in Afghanistan

Imran Khan calls to reduce violence in Afghanistan

Agency News

Islamabad, Oct 29 : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for "practical steps for reduction of violence in Afghanistan" in his meeting with US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.

The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement said that Khan in his meeting on Monday reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast and sincere support to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process launched since last year.

This is Khalilzad's second visit to Pakistan this month which is mainly focused on his renewed efforts to resume the stalled peace process with the Taliban. He met the Taliban top negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Islamabad earlier this month.

US President Donald Trump called off talks with the Taliban in early September after a Taliban suicide bomber killed an American soldier and at least 10 other people in Afghan capital Kabul.

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen has claimed in reported comments that the United States and the Taliban had agreed to sign the peace agreement on September 13 that would be followed by Taliban's ceasefire against the foreign forces but Trump's abrupt cancellation of the peace process blocked the signing of the deal. (UNI)