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In tandem: violence and peace process

[Featured Image: Courtesy CARTOONSSTOCK.com] The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei has condemned terrorist attack on Badaber; said, China supports Pakistan in firmly combating terrorism. Apparently this attack was aimed at, once again, disrupting the next round of reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan (TTA), which appears round the corner. Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have deteriorated during recent weeks following a sudden spike in violence in Afghanistan. Angered President Ashraf Ghani had said that his country will now not seek any help from Pakistan for brokering a peace deal. However, behind the scene strenuous efforts were on to revive the peace process.Pakistan’s policy on Afghan peace process is rather clear. Pakistan has always been ready to facilitate the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process because it feels that peace in Afghanistan is important not only for the people of Afghanistan but also the people of Pakistan and the region. In this regard, the success of Zarb-e-Azb in eliminating terrorists is well-known to the world. Afghan government should cease the opportunity and rejoin the peace process. Afghan side should understand that charisma of Mullah Omar is so powerful that he continues to have impelling influence on the rank and file of TTA, even two years after his death.

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