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Pak willing to help Karzai to reign in Taliban: Qureshi

Pakistan is willing to help Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in his efforts to bring back the Taliban into the mainstream and show them an alternate way, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said.

world Updated: Jan 29, 2010 21:43 IST

Pakistan is willing to help Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in his efforts to bring back the Taliban into the mainstream and show them an alternate way, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said.

"We are willing to play our role and try and lure them, try and drum some sense into them, and show them an alternative way," Qureshi told CNN in an interview.

"It is going to be an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process. What we had said was, we are willing to help if the Afghans want us to help," he said.

The minister said that the Karzai's pay-for-peace proposal will bring back the Taliban.

"We've always been advocating that you have to distinguish between the reconcilable and the irreconcilable element. I think if they are willing to give up arms and shun violence and come and work within the framework of the Afghan constitution, it's worth a try," Qureshi said.

"There is a possibility that this will work. They (Taliban) are losing momentum. And if you can draw people out towards a reconciliation process, this will break the momentum further," he argued.

Qureshi however said there is always an element that will not come and talk and negotiate.

"But there is an opinion that, by and large, the rank-and-file is also pretty -- let's not forget that they've been in this conflict zone for over three decades. They want a normal life. If you can provide them an alternative, I think many of them would want to engage," he noted.