Mohammad Karim Khalili, chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council and chief of the Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami (Afghan Unity Party), along with a delegation, will arrive in Pakistan for a three-day visit on Monday (today), the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Khalili will call on Prime Minister Imran Khan during the visit and hold meetings with Speaker Asad Qaiser of the National Assembly, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other officials, the FO said.
“Ustad Karim Khalili’s visit is part of Pakistan’s ongoing policy of reaching out to Afghanistan’s political leadership to develop a common understanding of the Afghan peace process and deepen people-to-people relationships,” the FO statement said.
The fraternal relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan are profoundly rooted in the common history, religion, culture, beliefs and traditions, the statement added, adding that Pakistan completely supports all efforts by the Afghan people for peace, security and development.
“Through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, Pakistan remains steadfast in its support for an inclusive, broad and comprehensive political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.”
The Doha-based Taliban Political Commission (TPC) delegation, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, met with Prime Minister Imran last month.
During the conference, the talks centred on developments in the Afghan peace process and the path ahead, with the Premier noting that intra-Afghan talks offered a “historic opportunity” for the war-torn nation to achieve permanent peace.
On Pakistan’s invitation, Baradar’s visit took place as part of Islamabad’s attempts to reach out to all Afghan stakeholders for a negotiated settlement of the conflict, the Foreign Office said.