(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) KABUL - Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan has said that Islamabadmight redeploy troops from the Afghanistan frontier to the Kashmir border, ashift that could complicate American peace talks with the Taliban, The New YorkTimes reported.
In an interview with The New York Times editorial board on Monday, he emphasizedthat the Kashmir and Afghanistan issues were separate and that he was notattempting to link them.
On the contrary, he said, Pakistan hoped the American talks with theTaliban would succeed and that his country was actively supporting them.
'We are doing all that we can and will continue, Mr. Khan said. 'It's notan either-or situation.
The remarks are expressed at a time that the US and the Taliban negotiatorswrapped up the eighth round of peace talks in Qatar. The two sides are expectedto sign a peace agreement within the next few days which will provide theground for US troop withdrawal and reduction of violence in Afghanistan.
This comes after on August 9, Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan ZahidNasrullah Khan said that India-Pakistan tensions over Kashmir will not affectthe Afghan peace process.
'While Pakistan and the international community is focused on theresolution of the Afghan conflict, India has chosen this time to destabilizethe region, Mr. Khan told Afghan media during a press briefing in Kabul.
He stated that Kashmir was a longstanding dispute between India andPakistan and it has nothing to do with the conflict in Afghanistan.
The two traditional nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors exchange war ofwords following a controversial decision by the Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi who terminated article 370 of the Indian constitution, a controversialmove that followed the revocation of special status on the Indian administeredKashmir.
In response to Modi's provoking move, Pakistan's national securitycommittee on Wednesday decided to downgrade its diplomatic ties with Delhi andIslamabad also announced that it was cutting trade ties with India completely.(Tolo news)