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Afghan Ambassador calls on Sartaj Aziz to discuss peace process

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal on Tuesday called on Prime Minister’s special aide on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad.

The meeting came days after Afghan Taliban named Mullah Haibatullah as the successor to Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

During the meeting, both leaders discussed the progress towards peace process between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued by Afghan foreign office, Washington disturbed peace efforts with the Afghan Taliban by killing Mullah Mansour in a drone strike.

Talking to Afghan envoy, Aziz said the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a drone strike has added to the complexity of the Afghan conflict.

“We believe that this action has undermined the Afghan peace process,” he said.

Aziz said that at the last meeting of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) on April 18, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and China had agreed that politically negotiated settlement was the most viable option and efforts should continue to bring Taliban on the table.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.