Senate: (1st round of quadrilateral meeting on Afghan peace process on Jan 16: Senate told)

ISLAMABAD: The first round of quadrilateral meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan, United States and China will take place on January 16 to work out a clear and comprehensive road map for a meaningful Afghan peace process.

This was stated by Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif while making a statement in the Senate on Thursday on Army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s recent visit to Kabul.

He said the meeting will clearly demarcate responsibilities of each stakeholder at all stages. The Minister said the Army Chief carried a message to Kabul that the peace process will necessarily be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.

He said it was agreed that they will pursue peace and reconciliation with Taliban Groups willing to join the process. Elements who would still continue to pursue violence will be dealt, under a mutually worked out framework, he added.