Pakistan has influence on Afghan Taliban but not control: Fawad

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Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that the Afghan Taliban were under Pakistan’s influence but not its control.

In a statement, the minister maintained that the situation in Afghanistan was not so bad for people to leave the country, clarifying that Afghan refugees had not yet entered Pakistan.

Fawad added that Pakistan wanted the situation in Afghanistan to remain stable. “We are trying to get the Kabul Airport operational soon,” he added.

The information minister stated that Pakistan’s proposal on Afghanistan had been ignored before by former president Ashraf Ghani’s administration, as Prime Minister Imran Khan had suggested, to the now overthrown government, to not hold elections.

“He [Ashraf Ghani] did not accept the prime minister’s suggestion and the situation is for everyone to see today,” the minister said.

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