WASHINGTON (Staff Report) – Pakistan is ready to assist in reviving an Afghan-led peace process if formally requested by the Afghan government, said Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi.

Speaking at a debate in the UN General Assembly on the situation in Afghanistan, she Maleeha however stressed that the anti-Pakistan rhetoric in Kabul should end.

She said it would be best for the Afghan government to resolutely tackle its internal weaknesses rather than externalise its problems, saying that a negotiated peace is the only viable option to establish lasting stability in Afghanistan.

She also apprised the UN about the achievements of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which is the largest and most effective anti-terrorism campaign anywhere in the world.