Published Date: Dec 26, 2012
ANALYSTS TERM ARAB SPRING A MAJOR WAVE
PML-Q Secretary General Senator Mushahid Hussain called the Paris talks on Afghanistan a “psychological and political breakthrough” for finding a lasting peace in the war-torn country.
“It is for the first time that all Afghan factions sat across the table to discuss the Afghan issue. We welcome this process for it has set the ball rolling,” he said to media personnel after presiding over a talk on Arab Spring at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute.
Hussain said Paris parleys last week among the Afghan factions had also accepted Pakistan’s viewpoint that peace could only be achieved through dialogue.
It was a mistake on part of the US not to include Islamabad in talks on Afghanistan and now it had been included in the dialogue process, which was necessary for realizing the objective of stability, he said. Earlier, concluding the talk on the Arab Spring, the senator said after the Iranian Revolution, it was the most important development in the Muslim world because it was transformative. The status quo in the Arab world, he said, was unraveling as change was sweeping the entire region. Referring to the Palestinian issue, he said Pakistan had been in the forefront in raising the issue and had always espoused the just cause of Palestinian people. It was Pakistan which, for the first time in 1974, recognized Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the genuine representative of Palestinian people, he said.