Pakistan’s army chief of staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, told British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Saturday that Islamabad will “help” the Taliban form an inclusive government in neighboring Afghanistan.
General Bajwa discussed issues of mutual interest, regional security and the current situation in Afghanistan during his meeting with Raab in Islamabad.
The Pakistan Observer reported that General Bajwa said at the meeting that Pakistan “will continue to fight for peace and stability in Afghanistan, as well as help build an inclusive governance.”
General Bajwa’s comments came as powerful Pakistani intelligence chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed stormed into Kabul on Saturday, amid the Taliban struggling to complete and install an inclusive government in Afghanistan that would be acceptable to the international community.
The Taliban have postponed forming a new government in Afghanistan until next week as the insurgent group struggles to shape a broad and inclusive government acceptable to the international community.
This is the second time the Taliban have delayed government formation since their fall from the US-backed Afghan government. Initially, the group was expected to announce the formation of the new government led by co-founder Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar on Friday.
British Foreign Secretary Raab arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to meet with the country’s top leadership.
“Both sides agree to continue to explore ways of cooperating in defense, training and counter-terrorism,” the report said.
Raab said: “The foundation for the relationship between the UK and Pakistan is very strong – and the UK has a desire to take it to the next level. We also have a very clear and shared interest in the future of Afghanistan. We will judge the Taliban by their actions, not their words.”
He also said he would communicate with the Taliban, but immediately refused to recognize their government.
Raab also appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan, who stressed the need to strengthen the security situation in Afghanistan, take steps to strengthen peace and prevent large-scale migration.
“Preventing the humanitarian crisis and stabilizing the economy are urgent needs,” Khan said, calling on the international community to show solidarity with the Afghan people, engage positively and pursue a peaceful, stable and inclusive policy. to encourage.
The Foreign Secretary visited the Afghan-Pakistan border at Torkham, a key border crossing point, to see the situation on the ground and also met members of the team supporting the current crisis response, the UK High Commission said.