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PublishDate: Saturday, July 31, 2021 13:20

US wants Pakistan to 'influence' Taliban to shun violence, says Blinken

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that Pakistan has an important role to play in "influencing" the Taliban to shun violence and resolve the conflict through peace dialogues.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_In an interview with Indian TV,  said that Washington hopes that will play that role effectively and ensure that the Taliban halt their campaign for taking over Afghanistan through violence. He said the world is hearing disturbing reports of atrocities from Afghanistan after the US troops' withdrawal which and the Taliban's intentions for the country as a whole.

The US Secretary of State warned the Taliban and their supporters that if Kabul was taken over by force and the achievements of the past 20 years were not preserved,  the international community will leave Afghanistan alone. 

The US Secretary of State remarks come amid a key visit of Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf and the Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence, Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed to . Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on 29 July that Afghanistan cannot be controlled from outside but Pakistan is willing to do anything necessary for a in the country. Addressing the Afghan media representatives in Islamabad, the prime minister said that it is unfortunate to declare responsible for Taliban violence in Afghanistan.

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