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Khan says ‘interim setup in Afghanistan as a possible solution’, blames Afghan Govt for impasse with Taliban

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday suggested an interim setup in Afghanistan as a possible solution to an apparent impasse in the ongoing peace process, reported the Express Tribune. 

Khan blamed the Afghan government for the stalemate in talks, the report said.

The suggestion came during PM Khan’s interaction with journalists at his office on Monday.

“The Afghan government was a hurdle in peace process that was insisting that Taliban should talk to it,” said PM Khan. The premier also confirmed that he had cancelled a scheduled meeting with Taliban leadership due to objections raised by the Afghan government.

He said shadows of war were still hovering over Pakistan and India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration could go for ‘another misadventure before general elections in the neighbouring country.’

The Afghan peace process can only be successful if there is a neutral interim government, which can hold free and transparent elections to be participated by all the stakeholders, the premier said.

“How much time it will take to set up an interim government and hold free elections, I cannot say,” he added.

The peace process in Afghanistan, jointly backed by Pakistan and the United States, is aimed at ending the longest war that the US has ever fought. Taliban and the US have negotiated a draft of the deal that revolved around the exit of US forces from Afghanistan and guarantees by the Taliban to not allow use of Afghan territory by terrorist organisations, according to reports in the western media.

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