Politics: Intra-Afghan dialogue only path to reconciliation, says Mushahid Hussain

Islamabad: Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed Chairman Pakistan China Institute and Chairman Senate Defence Committee has said that there was no military solution to Afghanistan imbroglio and intra-Afghan dialogue is the only best path to reconciliation.

He was addressing a regional conference with the theme of peace building process in Afghanistan, reconciliation and cooperation in the region at China-South Asia Peace and Development Forum, held in an eternal spring city of Kunming, the capital and largest city of Yunnan province in Southwest China, which borders Myanmar and Vietnam.

In his speech, Senator Mushahid Hussain said after the withdrawal of NATO US troops from Afghanistan, in case a vacuum is developed as happened in 1989, then regional organizations like Shanghai Cooperation Organization SCO and United Nations UN should play proactive to strengthen peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Senator Mushahid Hussain highlighted the concept of “Greater South Asia”, which he said, is not just seven countries of the South Asian subcontinent but also includes China, Myanmar, Iran and Afghanistan. Commenting to the regional geopolitical scenario, he expressed: “The emergence of greater South Asia would pave way for regional cooperation, driven by economy and energy, which is key to regional peace, prosperity and development”.

The three-day long event was organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, UN System in China and the Yunnan provincial government to showcase the Chinese and South Asian people’s shared wish to seek peace, strengthen cooperation and promote development.

The forum is also expected to tighten the bonds of friendship between China and its neighbouring countries in South Asia.

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