Unfortunate to blame Pakistan for Afghanistan's worsening situation: Imran

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Afghanistan's repeated accusations against his country for being responsible for its worsening situation were unfortunate. He said Islamabad has always desired for peace and an inclusive government set up for its neighbour as it goes in favour of the two nations. Khan said Pakistan has been and continues to be willing to go to every extent required to ensure a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan.

What the Taliban are doing or not doing has nothing to do with us and we are not responsible, neither are we the spokesperson of the Taliban," he said, adding that "Pakistan has always desired for peace in Afghanistan". However, he ruled out the use of force against the Taliban. "We believe that Afghanistan cannot be controlled from the outside. Our policy is to have the best relationship with whoever the people of Afghanistan choose," he said.

The Prime Minister regretted that his country is being blamed for the promoting and spreading unrest in Afghanistan, insisting that an unsettled Kabul was not in Islamabad's interest. "What interest would Pakistan possible have for a civil war in Afghanistan? We would do everything short of military action against the Taliban as doing so would only drag Pakistan into a conflict.

Khan also spoke about Pakistan's relationship with India, stating that Islamabad will not accept any participation of New Delhi in the Afghan peace process until the latter reverses what he called "illegal decisions of August 4, 2019".

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