Pakistan Hosting Afghan Taliban On Anniversary Of APS Attack
On the sixth anniversary of Army Public School (APS) attack, Pakistan is hosting an Afghan Taliban delegation which arrived in the country earlier today. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a meeting with the head of Taliban’s political office and said that Pakistan desires a ‘durable’ solution to the longstanding Afghan conflict. He reiterated that peace in Afghanistan is important for stability in the entire region.
Furthermore, he mentioned the similarities between Pakistan and Afghanistan’s customs and how both countries are Muslim majority states, and that is why the countries should work together to bring peace to the region.
“Pakistan has played its possible reconciliatory role in the agreement reached between the Afghan Taliban and the United States in Doha. Pakistan has been stating since the beginning that the only way for peace in Afghanistan is meaningful and comprehensive dialogue,” stated the foreign minister said.
The Delegation of the Taliban Political Commission headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived at New Islamabad International Airport (IIA) this morning from Doha. They were received by senior Pakistani officials.
People have taken to Twitter to criticise the VIP treatment the delegation was given and said that it was ironic that they came to Pakistan on the APS attack anniversary.
Murderers of innocent Afghans on the red carpet. Attacks continue inside Afghanistan. The irony. pic.twitter.com/8nkZmtNbkP
— Mariana Baabar (@MarianaBaabar) December 16, 2020
On the day of APS Peshawar Massacre. https://t.co/TJRNG9x49i
— Saleem (@memzarma) December 16, 2020