Pakistan’s foreign office, in a press release, has stated that Afghanistan ‘misinterpreted’ PM Imran Khan’s comments where he talked about an ‘interim setup’ for elections in Afghanistan.
PM Khan, while talking to media personnel, had said that the Afghan peace process could only be successful if there was a neutral interim government, which could hold free and transparent elections to be participated by all the stakeholders. However, his statement attracted a strong reaction from Afghanistan, with both the Afghan government as well as the opposition leaders criticising the PM’s statement.
However, Pakistan’s foreign office has clarified that the PM’s statement was taken out context.
The full press release said:
PM Imran Khan’s comments on Afghanistan have been
reported out of context in the media, leading to unwarranted reaction from
various quarters. In his comments, the PM had referred to Pakistan’s model
where elections are held under an interim government. The comments should not
be misinterpreted to imply interference in Afghanistan’s internal
affairs. Pakistan has no other interest in Afghanistan but to promote
peace through an ‘Afghan owned’ and ‘Afghan led’ political process. PM of
Pakistan has taken personal interest in facilitating the ongoing political
reconciliation process and the same must not be misconstrued to undermine the
sincere efforts of Pakistan or to create misunderstandings at this crucial stage
of the process. Prime Minister of Pakistan understands the plight of brave
people of Afghanistan, who have a right to live in peace after four decades of
violence and war.