Power sharing can avert civil war in Afghanistan: FM Qureshi

Qureshi was addressing the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. Source: APP

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said that “power-sharing” of different Afghan factions was the best option to avert a civil war.

The foreign minister said the strengthening of the ranks of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was not in the interest of Pakistan and categorically stated that the country would “not favour any sort of Talibanization”.

“The comeback of TTP is not in Pakistan’s interest. We do not want Talibanization of our country,” the foreign minister said in his remarks at the meeting of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, here at the Parliament House.

The foreign minister expressed concern over the chances of breaking out a civil war after the pullout of military forces from Afghanistan and said Pakistan did not want such a scenario to repeat.

The foreign minister said after the Taliban refused to attend the Istanbul Peace Process, Pakistan held a tripartite meeting with Afghanistan and Turkey. He said Pakistan desired an honourable return of the Afghan refugees, which he said should be made part of the Afghan peace process.

On Afghan refugees, he called upon the international community to find a solution for their repatriation to their homeland. Qureshi said Pakistan would welcome the support extended by China for the stability of Afghanistan.

On Iran, he said the relationship was getting stronger and mentioned the agreement with Tehran on establishment of border markets. He said Iran’s role in the peace and stability of Afghanistan was important and could not be ignored.