Former Pakistani Diplomat Ayaz Wazir Revisits Pak-Afghan Relations, Taliban

By Imtiaz Gul

Ambassador Ayaz Wazir is a career diplomat. He served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad and Pakistan missions abroad in Vienna, Maputo, Dubai, Riyadh, Mazar-e-Sharif, London, Manchester and Doha. He sits with author, journalist and analyst Imtiaz Gul to discuss the complicated nature of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.

While serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director General (Afghanistan, 1997-2000), Ambassador Wazir was selected as member of the Prime Minister’s Mission for shuttle diplomacy between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance to bring them to the negotiating table for a peaceful solution of the problem in Afghanistan. In 1998, he represented Pakistan in a Pak-Iran Joint Mission for Afghanistan and visited Mazar-e-Sharif and Kandahar along with Iranian counterpart for meeting with leaders of Northern Alliance and the Taliban. Ambassador Wazir represented Pakistan in the OIC’s Committee on Afghanistan (1999-2000) at meetings with Heads of States/ Governments of Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the UN Secretary General to seek their guidance about efforts for resolution of the problem between the two warring factions in Afghanistan.

Courtesy: Imtiaz Gul Youtube channel

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