Pakistan needs to have ‘realistic approach’ to Taliban: Qureshi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Friday that Pakistan needed to follow a realistic approach towards the Taliban because as “neighbors we have to coexist,” adding Islamabad would consider the options available before imposing any conditions.

Addressing a joint press conference in Islamabad with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab who reached Pakistan on Tuesday on a two-day visit, the foreign minister was asked whether Pakistan’s relationship with the Taliban would be “conditions-based”.

“Some have the choice of getting up and leaving but we do not. We are neighbors [and] we have to coexist. Geography ties us together so our approach [to the Taliban] has to be somewhat different [and] realistic,” Qureshi said.