Credit of US-Taliban talks goes to PTI govt: Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the United States and Taliban talks were held due to the efforts of Pakistan and the credit of this goes to the incumbent government.

Speaking on the floor of Upper House of the Parliament yesterday, he said that those who were pointing fingers at Pakistan several months ago, were now appreciating Islamabad’s role.

“First the US was not ready to recognize Taliban but holding dialogues with the Taliban after 17 years of bloody war in Afghanistan is a bigger achievement,” he added.

The minister said that the region needs peace and stability, adding that peace is also needed for economic development.

“We would need peace on our eastern and western borders if we want to take the nation out of poverty,” he said and added Pakistan has never refused to hold dialogues.

The minister said that dialogue is the only option to resolve all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan immediately after assuming power offered India to come to dialogue table in order to remove illiteracy and poverty from the region.

He said that our response was very measured and mature in which we said Pakistan is willing to engage when they are ready as engagement is the only solution to our bilateral outstanding issues.