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‘Surge in Violence’ Possible if US-Taliban Talks Did Not Resume Soon, Maleeha Lodhi

‘Surge in Violence’ Possible if US-Taliban Talks Did Not Resume Soon: Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK – The Pakistani Ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi has warned of a ‘surge in violence’ if US-Taliban talks did not resume soon.
Speaking in UN Security Council debate on the situation in Afghanistan, Maleeha Lodhi said, “We hope the suspension of the peace talks is only a pause and will resume sooner rather than later as the alternative is a surge in violence, which could push Afghanistan into even more turbulent and uncertain phase than has been witnessed so far,” according to Associated Press of Pakistan.
Lodhi further added Pakistan had always condemned violence and called for all sides to exercise restraint and to remain committed to the peace process out of its belief that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
President Trump on Sunday announced that he has called off peace negotiations with the Taliban after the group carried out a series deadly attacks in Kabul which killed many people including a US soldier.
Meanwhile, President Trump on Wednesday issued fresh warnings to Taliban after the suspension of the talks, emphasizing that the strikes against the group will ‘continue’.
Speaking during a ceremony to mark the 9/11 attacks, President Trump said, “We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people.”
President Trump further added, “The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue.”
He also added, “And if, for any reason, they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before. And I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will have never seen anything like what will happen to them.”
(Sahar News)

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