Taliban asking Pakistan to show patience in talks with TTP, says former Pak envoy

By: News Desk
Published: 05:03 PM, 21 Sep, 2022
Pakistan's former ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan
Caption: Pakistan's former ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan
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Pakistan's former ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan has said that the peace talks with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have not achieved the results and therefore, the negotiation process has to be restructured to define the end objectives.

In a special interview with Voice of America, Mansoor discussed several important issues including the recent negotiations with TTP and the role of the Afghan Taliban

He said that before resuming the negotiation process with the TTP, it is important to see how the banned organization will recognize Pakistan's system, state and law.

Mansoor has been Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan when the Taliban take over Kabul after the withdrawal of the US and NATO forces last year. Later, Pakistan started the process of negotiations with the TTP leadership through the mediation of the Afghan Taliban, while Mansoor was serving as the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan

According to Mansoor, Pakistan's first priority is to find a solution through dialogue and if a political solution does not come out, then there is a way for a military solution.

He says peace talks and violence cannot go hand in hand.

Mansoor said the Afghan Taliban want Pakistan to be patient on the issue of TTP because according to the Taliban government, they will not allow their territory to be used against any other country.

He said that at this time, Pakistan expects the Afghan Taliban to take serious action against TTP and elements using Afghan soil against Pakistan will be crushed.

According to him, the issue of the outlawed group is not so simple for the Afghan Taliban because TTP has pledged allegiance to the Afghan Taliban leader, so for them, it is a political as well as an ideological issue.

In response to the question that no matter who is governing Kabul, there is distrust towards Pakistan, Mansoor said that there is constant distrust between Pakistan and Afghanistan, from the public to the highest level.  He said that the geography, history and culture of Pakistan and Afghanistan are similar and therefore Islamabad's actions are sometimes seen as interference.

He said that due to this impression, Pakistan's good initiatives have also been taken in the context of intervention. He says that the rulers and people of Pakistan have to keep in mind that Afghanistan should be seen as a free and independent country.

Mansoor said that it is against Pakistan's policy that its territory is used against Afghanistan and that Pakistan's airspace was definitely not used in the US drone strike.

Mansoor said the Afghan minister himself had said in his statement that due to the non-functioning of the radar system, it could not be determined from which direction the drone came flying.

In response to the question of whether the government of Afghanistan has made any formal complaint with Islamabad regarding the use of Pakistan's territory for US drones, Mansoor said that according to his knowledge, no complaint has been made in this regard.

It should be noted that Afghanistan's Defense Minister Maulvi Muhammad Yaqub Mujahid has alleged that American drones are entering Afghanistan through a neighbouring country.

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