Will hold pushing Pak for Af peace efforts: CIA chief


Washington, April 16

The US will continue to push Pakistan hard on supporting the diplomatic efforts to ensure peace in Afghanistan as it has an interest over the longer term in avoiding insecurity and instability in the war-torn neighbouring country that can spill over and affect its own interest, CIA Director William Burns has said.

He was responding to a question from Congressman Adam Schiff, who is the Chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee.

“Pakistan today is playing a constructive role in support of the diplomatic efforts, at least that the US and other countries are making to try to bridge what is, at the moment, a pretty severe gap between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban,” Burns said. He said Pakistan had an interest over the longer term in avoiding the kind of insecurity and instability in Afghanistan that can spill over and affect its own interest. — PTI



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