WASHINGTON (1) – India should communicate with Taliban militants if it feels that it will assist the peace course of, Pakistan’s envoy to Washington mentioned on Saturday, after a sequence of assaults in Afghanistan raised questions on whether or not the U.S. peace effort might collapse.
In an interview with The Hindu, an Indian newspaper, U.S. Particular Consultant for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad mentioned it could be “applicable” for an India-Taliban engagement.
India and Pakistan have gone to battle 3 times since they gained independence from British colonial rule in 1947 and Pakistan has guarded the affect it has over the Taliban.
Islamabad has lengthy been resistant to India rising its affect in Pakistan.
“It’s for India to reply to that suggestion,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to america Asad Khan advised 1.
Requested if he was open to an Indian dialogue with the Taliban, Khan mentioned: “If India feels that their engagement goes to assist the peace course of, then we’d defer to their judgment. However it’s not for us to sit in judgment on what they should do or they shouldn’t do.”
He stopped wanting saying he was open to an Indian engagement with the Taliban or whether or not Islamabad favored such a transfer.
Nevertheless, any acquiescence by Islamabad to an Indian position may very well be seen in Kabul and elsewhere as an indication of rising worldwide concern with the peace push.
Khan mentioned that he would hopefully be talking with Khalilzad quickly and didn’t go by Indian media accounts, which he mentioned in lots of instances are “fanciful” and provides their very own interpretations.
The 2 nuclear armed neighbors got here shut to one other battle final 12 months after a lethal assault on Indian police by a Pakistan-based militant group resulted in air strikes by each international locations.
Pakistan’s position within the peace negotiations is a fragile one, with Islamabad looking for to keep away from demonstrating the type of broad affect over the Taliban that Washington has lengthy accused it of getting.
Two assaults in Afghanistan on Tuesday have sophisticated the U.S. push for peace. One assault, on a Kabul hospital’s maternity ward, killed 24 individuals, together with two infants. One other, at a funeral in jap Afghanistan, killed 32.
America has blamed the Islamic State for the assaults.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the army on Tuesday to change to “offensive mode” towards the Taliban following the assaults.
Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Enhancing by David Gregorio