Ghani asks Pakistan to cooperate in ensuring safe polls in Afghanistan

In a telephonic conversation on late Wednesday, September 18, with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Ghani asked Pakistan to cooperate in decreasing violence in the upcoming presidential election, set for September 28, the Presidential Palace of Afghanistan said in a statement.

According to the statement, the two counterparts discussed the Afghan peace process and the election process in Afghanistan in their telephonic talks.

Citing Imran Khan, the statement said that Pakistan would put all its efforts to cooperate in holding the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan.

While the Afghan government has repeatedly accused Pakistan of supporting the Taliban insurgency, the statement, however, has not clarified how the country could cooperate in decreasing violence in the country.

This comes while the Taliban have previously stated that they would try with their full capabilities to disrupt the presidential election.

17 candidates, including the incumbent president, Ghani, and Chief Executive Abdullah, are running for the upcoming presidential polls which is scheduled to be held a week later across Afghanistan.