Pakistan won’t accept India’s involvement in tripartite Afghan process: Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that it is not possible for Pakistan to accept talks with India and its involvement in the tripartite Afghan peace process and Kashmir is a disputed territory unless Kashmiris exercise the right to self-determination imposed by the United Nations.

The Prime Minister expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Pak-Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF), which called on him here. Besides Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of State Farrukh Habib, Special Assistant to PM Dr. Shehbaz Gill, Senator Faisal Javed and senior officials, the meeting was attended by journalists, editors, film makers, businessmen, industrialists and defense analysts from Afghanistan.

The meeting was aimed at presenting the government’s view in response to the questions raised by the members of PAYF about Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, Pakistan’s efforts for sustainable peace in Afghanistan as well as the overall situation in the region.

Prime Minister said that it is not possible for China and Pakistan to accept India s involvement in the tripartite Afghan peace process until New Delhi withdraws its August 5 move, restores Kashmir s special status, Kashmir is a disputed territory unless Kashmiris exercise the right to self-determination imposed by the United Nations.

Imran Khan went on to say that he recently visited Afghanistan and he has good relations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani but in recent statements, Afghan leadership blamed Pakistan for crisis in Afghanistan which is regrettable as Pakistan worked hard to persuade the Taliban to negotiate first with the United States and then with the Afghan government.

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