In this Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 photo, Mohammed Mohaqiq, a senior member of Afghanistan's high peace council and vice presidential candidate in next year’s elections, gestures as he discusses the value of peace talks with the Taliban ahead of the 2014 withdrawal of US and NATO combat troops, in his office in Kabul, Afghanistan. The high peace council has been designated by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to negotiate peace with the Taliban but Mohaqiq says the council has little influence. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Mohaqiq visits Islamabad on official invitation

Mohammad Mohaqiq, a senior advisor to President Ghani and the leader of the People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, will visit Pakistan on an official invitation, said the media office of Mohammad Mohaqiq.

Mr. Mohaqiq will meet Pakistani officials to discuss Afghan peace.

Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, visited Mohaqiq at his residency in Kabul on Tuesday, March 09, and officially invited him to a Pakistan visit.

The two sides discussed bilateral cooperation, the Afghan peace process, and the implementation of development projects, according to a statement issued by Mohaqiq’s media office.

As per the statement, Pakistan’s ambassador has explained Islamabad’s position on the Afghan peace process, a peaceful resolution of Afghanistan’s longtime issue, and ways to achieve sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Citing Mansoor Ahmad Khan, the statement added that Pakistan considers the implementation of some new projects in western Kabul, Bamyan, Logar, and a road construction project in Jalalabad.

Pointing to violence in Afghanistan, Mohaqiq has emphasized that Pakistan needs to use its leverage on the Taliban to stop “war and fratricide”.

Pakistan invites Mohaqiq at a critical juncture in the peace process and most importantly after his reaction against a letter of the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken which had a “serious tone” for President Ghani to work “collectively” for accelerating the peace process.

In his reaction, Mohaqiq joined First Vice President Amrullah Saleh to say that the Afghan government does not accept a “dictating” peace.