Pakistan-sponsored Afghan conclave postponed on Ghani’s request
Prime Minister Imran Khan shaking hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Tashkent.
The Pakistan-sponsored three-day Afghanistan conclave that was scheduled to be held tomorrow (Saturday) has been postponed following the request of deferment of the summit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The three-day summit was to be hosted by Pakistan from July 17-19. The new date for the conference would be announced later.
According to the sources, President Ghani during his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Tashkent requested to postpone the summit.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked Afghanistan to consider Pakistan as a ‘partner of peace’ rather than blaming it for the ongoing unrest, which he said was the ‘outcome of using a military solution by the United States instead of a political one’.
“Blaming Pakistan for what is going on in Afghanistan is extremely unfair…Peace in Afghanistan is our foremost priority,” the prime minister said, in response to the speech of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the conference on ‘Central and South Asia Regional Connectivity, challenges and opportunities’ held at Congress Centre.
Rejecting the assertions of President Ghani made against Pakistan for “not supporting peace”, the prime minister categorically stated that Pakistan did not want turmoil in its neighbourhood because peace was in its own interest.
Reporter Zeeshan Bhatti