Pakistan committed to inclusive political settlement of Afghan issues: PM office

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Monday reiterated its commitment to an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan as the way forward representing all Afghan ethnic groups, the Pakistani Prime Minister's Office said after a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC).

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an interview with Chinese media in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Oct. 31, 2018. (File photo: Xinhua)

Chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, with top military and civilian leadership in attendance, the meeting held on Monday reaffirmed that Pakistan would continue to work with the international community and all Afghan stakeholders to facilitate an inclusive political settlement in the country.

The meeting thoroughly deliberated on the emerging situation in Afghanistan and stressed that the principle of non-interference in Afghanistan must be adhered to, according to a statement issued by the prime minister office.

"The NSC noted positively that major violence had been averted thus far and called on all parties in Afghanistan to respect the rule of law, protect fundamental human rights of all Afghans, and ensure that Afghan soil is not used by any terrorist organization or group against any country," the statement added.

The prime minister directed that all possible facilities be made available to repatriate Pakistanis, diplomats, journalists and staff of international organizations seeking to leave Afghanistan.

"It is now time for the international community to work together to ensure an inclusive political settlement for long term peace, security and development of Afghanistan and the region," said the statement.