Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on resumption of peace process

KABUL: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday agreed to resume the peace process with a mutually agreed quadrilateral framework including China and United States (US).

According to a statement released by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the two sides agreed towards the joint cause after COAS Raheel Sharif met the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.

“With a shared responsibility, all stakeholders would support and ensure success of an Afghan-led dialogue and reconciliation process,” read the statement.

The first round of quadrilateral meeting will be scheduled in January to work out a clear and comprehensive road map for a meaningful peace process with a clear demarcation of responsibilities of each stake holders at all stages.

The statement said that both sides agreed that they would pursue peace and reconciliation with Afghanistan’s Taliban groups, who are willing to join the process.

“Elements who would still continue to pursue violence will be dealt, under a mutually worked out framework.” read the media release.

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