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Pakistani PM meets Afghan political leaders following Taliban takeover

A delegation from the Afghan political leadership met with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Tuesday (August 17).

The delegation, comprising Speaker Wolesi Jirga Mir Rehman Rehmani and other leaders, are expected to be in Pakistan until Wednesday (August 18).

According to a statement released from the prime minister’s office, Pakistan wanted to stress the need for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The statement added that in the current situation, great responsibility rested on the Afghan leaders to work constructively together to lead Afghanistan on the path of sustainable peace, stability and development.

The prime minister underscored the importance of all sides working to secure an inclusive political solution.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, Khan highlighted Pakistan’s steadfast support for efforts in this direction.

The delegation members thanked the prime minister for receiving them and appreciated Pakistan’s support for the peace efforts. They emphasised the multi-ethnic nature of Afghan society and the importance of an inclusive dispensation, the statement added.

The Taliban’s rapid conquest of Kabul followed U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces after 20 years of war – the nation’s longest – that he described as costing more than $1 trillion.

(Production: Shahabuddin Shahab, Mindy Burrows)

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