The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan in a statement on Wednesday said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments on Afghanistan have been reported out of context in the media, leading to unwarranted reaction from various quarters.
"In his comments, the PM had referred to Pakistan’s model where elections are held under an interim government. The comments should not be misinterpreted to imply interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs," the statement said.
Pakistan has no other interest in Afghanistan but to promote peace through an ‘Afghan owned’ and ‘Afghan led’ political process, the statement says.
The statement said Prime Minister of Pakistan has taken personal interest in facilitating the ongoing political reconciliation process and the same must not be misconstrued to undermine the sincere efforts of Pakistan or to create misunderstandings at this crucial stage of the process.
"Prime Minister of Pakistan understands the plight of brave people of Afghanistan, who have a right to live in peace after four decades of violence and war," the statement concluded.
His comments faced with harsh criticism Afghan politicians. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan called the comments "reckless" and interference in Afghanistan's affairs.