Tariq Ullah Wardak
ISLAMABAD:Pakistan has welcomed the Afghan government’s declaration of a ceasefire during the upcoming festival of Eidul Azha and expressed the confidence that such steps would create an environment of enduring peace and stability in Afghanistan
The Foreign Office, in a press statement on Sunday, said Pakistan fully supported all such efforts that contribute to achieving durable stability and lasting peace in Afghanistan.
Pakistan considered Eidul Azha as an appropriate occasion for all parties to make a commitment to ceasefire along the lines of a much appreciated ceasefire in Afghanistan during Eidul Fitr.
The Foreign Office said, “We also call upon all parties that in defence to the holy tradition of sacrifice during Eidul Azha to implement a ceasefire in hostilities – preferably for a more extended period of time. This would allow the people of Afghanistan to celebrate the great Abrahamic tradition in comfort and peace, during this holy month of Zil Hajj.”
It added that the people of Afghanistan deserved it and coinciding with the Independence Day of Afghanistan, the announcement had an even greater significance.