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    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, while speaking to journalists on Monday, said that an interim government must be installed in Afghanistan to facilitate the Afghan peace process in view of the ensuing national elections in the war-torn country. The Afghan government has taken serious objection to this.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Afghanistan has called back its top diplomatic envoy from Pakistan in protest against statements made by Prime Minister Imran Khan that called for the installation of an interim government in Kabul to smoothen peace process in the war-ravaged nation. Kabul called the statement made by Khan irresponsible and interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

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    "I'll be traveling to Kabul tomorrow (27 March) as I have been called back by my government for consultation and in protest to the remarks by PM of Pakistan in relation to formation of a new interim government which is a clear attempt of interference in internal affairs of Afghanistan", Atif Mashal, the president's special representative and ambassador extraordinaire to Pakistan, tweeted.

    ​Earlier on the Tuesday evening, Afghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Pakistani deputy ambassador to Afghanistan and expressed its grave objection to Imran Khan's "reckless statements about the peace process and establishment of an interim government".

    The Afghan government deemed Khan's statements to be "an obvious example of Pakistan's interventional policy and disrespect to the national sovereignty and determination of the people of Afghanistan". This was elucidated by Afghan Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Sibghatullah Ahmadi in a series of tweets.

    Imran Khan, while speaking to journalists on Monday, said that free and transparent elections need to be held in Afghanistan and that an interim government must be installed in order resolve the impasse in the Afghan peace process, reported The Express Tribune. 

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    Meanwhile, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, during his another multi-nation trip on Afghan peace, will consult with the Afghan government and other Afghans about the status of US talks with the Taliban. He will also undertake efforts to form an inclusive negotiating team and discuss the next steps in intra-Afghan discussions and negotiations. The US ambassador in Afghanistan has criticised the statement by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.


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