Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan has said Islamabad was in contact with the Taliban, adding that it wanted an inclusive government in the neighboring country.
“We are in contact with the Taliban,” Khan said in an interview with The News International.
“Our special envoy was in contact with them in Qatar, and Mullah Baradar and other Taliban leaders held talks with us there. We also spoke with the Afghan delegation, which Abdullah Abdullah led,” he added.
He also said Pakistan wanted to see an inclusive government in Afghanistan, according to the paper.
However, according to a recent media report, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has banned his ministers from speaking or making a statement about the Taliban’s recent takeover in Afghanistan.
Khan said he has told some members of his cabinet to keep quiet about Afghanistan because it is a “sensitive” issue.
“Not all ministers should speak on the subject on any platform, including the media. Only the ministers concerned are empowered to make statements about the current situation in Afghanistan,” The Frontier Post reported, Imran Khan said.
The Afghan government — which collapsed on Sunday — had blamed Islamabad several times for meddling in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and supporting the Taliban to cause unrest in the country.
Afghans around the world also called for sanctions against Pakistan through protests and social media campaigns for their proxy war in Afghanistan.
Imran Khan also expressed his happiness that there were no deaths of ordinary people after the Taliban takeover and said Afghans must now decide their future for themselves, The Frontier Post added.
On Wednesday, Imran Khan met with members of the Afghan delegation and said that no other country was as interested in “peace” in Afghanistan as Pakistan.
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