Afghan Peace Conference, the “Lahore Process”

Afghan Peace Conference, the “Lahore Process”

Lahore Center for Peace Research (LCPR) organized one day conference on June 22, 2019 at PC Bhurban on Afghan Peace Process termed as the “Lahore Process”. The theme of the conference as mentioned by the Chairman, LCPR, Mr. Shamshad A. Khan was “listening to our Afghan brothers”.

In his inaugural address, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan His Excellency Mr. Shah Mehmood Quraishi said that: “Pakistan’s perspective on Afghanistan is clear; we support an Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and at peace with its neighbours”. Significant Afghan political, religious and tribal leaders including Gulbadin Hikmatyar, Hanif Atmar, Muhammad Karim Khalilii, Pir Syed Hamid Gillani and Fawzia Koofi, graced the event with their participation.

The conference participants acknowledged that Pakistan has been contributing as a facilitator for the peace of Afghanistan. There was a consensus among all 59 representatives of the various Afghan organizations that the war needs to end now and intra-Afghan dialogue is the key for Afghanistan long-lasting peace. The Afghan guest speakers also urged Pakistan to extend cooperation to explore more opportunities of economic engagement and cultural integration for the greater good of both the states and consequently for the regional stability.

The Afghan dignitaries pointed out that peace is the greatest desire of today’s Afghanistan. For a long lasting peace structural changes are required and the emphasis must be given on domestic concerns for a broad-based political solution to the Afghanistan. Thus, a sociological transformation grounded on civil rights in general and women rights in particular is the pivot point for the structural change.

Mr. Shaharyar Afridi, the Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), in his concluding remarks appreciated the efforts of LCPR for organizing the conference on Afghan Peace Process. He urged the Afghan brothers to resolve all their differences indigenously as Afghanistan is an independent and sovereign state and its leadership should take all decisions without any external intervention to achieve lasting peace under Afghan peace process.