`Pak, US need to work as partners in Afghanistan`

Pakistan and the US need to work as "responsible partners" in Afghanistan`s peace process and the three nations should not question each other`s intention, Foreign Minister Hina Rabani Khar has said.

United Nations: Pakistan and the US need to
work as "responsible partners" in Afghanistan`s peace process and the three nations should not question each other`s intention, Foreign Minister Hina Rabani Khar has said.

Khar, who today addressed the 66th session of the UN
General Assembly, said Pakistan is firmly committed to
promoting stability and peace in Afghanistan while noting that
the road ahead for peace in the country and the region is
"full of challenges."

"The complexity of the situation and the ground
dynamics need to be analysed objectively and carefully.

Clarity and strategic coherence, especially among
Afghanistan, United States and Pakistan is of utmost
importance," she said.

"Given the volatility of the situation, it is
perhaps understandable that there is a high level of anxiety
and emotions.

But we must not lose sight of the goals.

We must work closely and as responsible partners
together in a cooperative manner and not rush to judgments or
question each other`s intentions," Khar said.

Khar`s comments comes in the backdrop of escalating
war of words between the US and Pakistan over ISI and its
links with the deadly Haqqani network.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan fully supports an
Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive process of
reconciliation and peace for Afghanistan and wants to see a
united, independent and sovereign country.

She noted that a cooperative endeavour, in full
solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, is the only way of
ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

Urging all concerned to join the reconciliation
process, Pakistan also calls for a de-escalation and cessation
of violence.

Khar said Pakistan also condemns the recent terror
attacks in Kabul and the tragic assassination of former
President Burhanuddin Rabbani.

"Such cowardly attacks will never succeed in
deterring our proud Afghan brothers and sisters from realizing
the noble goal of reconciliation and peace."

She said necessary operational policy coordination
between the three countries can be achieved by charting a
clear roadmap to achieve shared goals and objectives.

"Pakistan is willing to do its best with the
international partners and, most notably, the governments of
Afghanistan and the United States, to acquit itself of this
high responsibility, at this defining moment in one of the
most important struggles of our times."

PTI

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