Indo-Afghan strategic accord can affect regional stability: FO

Published: October 7, 2011

Janjua says Foreign Office still studying agreement signed between Afghanistan and India. PHOTO: SANA/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan cautioned Afghanistan and India on Thursday to avoid taking steps that may affect regional stability after Kabul and New Delhi signed a wide-ranging strategic partnership agreement this week. 

“It is the sovereign right of every country to promote the kind of bilateral relations they want. For us, the most significant thing is the importance we attach to regional stability, which should not be disrupted in any way,” foreign ministry spokesperson Tehmina Janjua told reporters here at a weekly news briefing. Some view the enhanced partnership between India and Afghanistan as part of coordinated efforts backed by the US to undermine Pakistan’s ‘pivotal’ role in the future political dispensation of Afghanistan.

Janjua said the Foreign Office was still studying the agreement signed between Afghanistan and India, in reply to a question about the possible ramifications for Pakistan.

The accord inked during Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to New Delhi materialised amidst Islamabad’s strained ties with both Washington and Kabul. Senior Afghan officials have upped the ante against Pakistan following the assassination of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani. Kabul claimed that the suicide bomber, who killed Rabbani, was a Pakistani national and had connections with the Taliban’s Quetta Shura.

Some officials even pointed fingers at the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for masterminding the attack. But the foreign ministry spokesperson strongly rejected the charge urging Afghanistan to act responsibly and stop the blame game.

Janjua said there are regional complexities, which Pakistan is trying to address. “Others also need to have an objective appreciation of regional complexities,” she argued reflecting Pakistan’s position that the Haqqani network can be dealt with through dialogue.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Zafar Khan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Pakistan is going DOWN. Afghanistan is going to SHINE. Pashtoon Power.

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  • Asha
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:55AM

    @Zafar Khan: “Pakistan is going DOWN. Afghanistan is going to SHINE. Pashtoon Power.”
    There is no need for anybody to go down. Pakistan is going nowhere. The situation in the region will be even more unstable if Pakistan breaks up. It is not in anybody’s interest to see a nuclear-armed nation in chaos. It will only strengthen the hand of the Islamic fundamentalists.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:19AM

    For us, the most significant thing is the importance we attach to regional stability.

    The world respectfully recognizes and appreciates Pakistan’s tremendous efforts and contribution to regional stability. Pakistani generals must be feeling very tired after decades of hard work trying to provide security, shared prosperity, growth and stability to its neighborhood. Now it is time for them to take some well-deserved rest. Pack your bags with some colorful printed shirts and shorts and go off to a holiday in Hawaii for some time. Let the Afghans also take a shot at creating their own stability.

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  • Junaid
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:24AM

    @ Asha……..Well you are damn rite. We don’t need to be afraid of Indian in Afghanistan. Pakistan is a power in the state and balance of power is their……And as for as Islamic fundamentalist are concerned they are just the part of our society but i am sorry to state that “NOT THE DOMINANT”. So they cannot be in power in Pakistan…!!!!!

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  • ashok sai
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:24AM

    Agreement can be reached between countries, but not between a country and terrorists. But we have an army which has a country, so, anything possible. But army owned country should not expect to be treated as a sovereign nation among the international community, every action has a reaction after all.

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  • Jawad
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:14PM

    It is about time that we, the Pakistanis, should realize that we will go nowhere like this, we are stuck in some sort of dementia, stuck in different wars, different ethnic conflicts. We should realize that while we are stuck, the world is moving on, it will move on. Afghanistan will not be a warzone to be benefiting the Pakistani ‘warlords’ forever. India is a big economic power, it is the future, the whole world realizes it. It outgrew us a longtime ago. It is better instead of pulling other countries to our level we should move on to. Resolve our issues, countless issues. We are not known for anything other than a nation for and of terrorists. Please for God’s sake start focusing on our country, admit the fact that we are demented as a nation, suffering from mass hysteria. The first step is to accept that we are suffering from a disease, everything else comes later.

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  • Pundit
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:28PM

    “Pakistan cautioned Afghanistan and India on Thursday to avoid taking steps that may affect regional stability after Kabul and New Delhi signed a wide-ranging strategic partnership agreement this week. ”

    Pakistan cautioned India?Recommend

  • Observer
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:41PM

    @Asha:
    It is already in severe chaos. Everything has already failed. It is a question of time when Pakistan will use nuclear weapons. They do not want a stable Afghanistan since they want a certain type of Taliban at the helm that want to impose their own ways on the Afghan society and are the least flexible.

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  • Shahid
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:03PM

    @Zafar Khan. Afghanistan and Pakistan will both go up and shine, Inshallah.

    With love from Pakistan.

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  • Ali
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:58PM

    The problem with India and Indians is that they think they have become one of the Worlds Super Powers. Really India? a superpower? The world recognizes India as an emerging power only when it comes to business militarily it isn’t worth jack.

    India does not know how we Pakis play but they will soon realize after they step their foot in Afghanistan.

    With love from Pakistan

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  • Pundit
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:30PM

    @Ali: Pakis Play in Afghanistan? I think you got your play field wrong!

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  • Pundit
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:43PM

    Regionl Stbility is funny thing:

    Its gets disturbed if therere Indian boots in Aghanistan

    But

    It gets strengthened when there are Chinese boots in Paki AJK

    Must be something in the boots

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  • Nate Gupta
    Oct 7, 2011 - 4:27PM

    @Ali: The problem with India and Indians is that they think they have become one of the Worlds Super Powers.
    Mr. Ali, a bit of an overstatement, don’t you think? We do not think we have become a super power already. We are on our way to becoming one though. After all, we have chosen the right path of being a democratic, secular and a vibrant nation. We wish the same to you too!

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  • John B
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:20PM

    Afghanistan and India are conspiring with US and Israel to destroy Pakistan ? Can the FO please tell the people of PAK who are fairly intelligent how Afghan-India relationship is going to affect regional stability?

    Foreign policy of PAK is egocentric- World should respect Pakistan. Pakistan should be involved in all Afghanistan affairs. India should be excluded in all Afghanistan affairs. After a while adults will start to ignore Child’s tantrum.

    If PAK has anything constructive to offer in the regional stability let her speak now. Otherwise just hold your peace and stability will be maintained.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:32PM

    @ Ali (India does not know how we Pakistanis play but they will soon realize after they step their foot in Afghanistan).

    Fact of the matter is that no other country in the world knows Pakistan and Pakistani games better than India. World is saying the same thing today what we have known for years. It was only because of US that we had problems dealing with Pakistan. Once US is out of scene, we can take care of Pakistani games without any problem. Sooner or later Pakistani nuclear bluff will have to be confronted and India is the only country who can do this. Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:27PM

    @Pundit:
    Well the boots! They are of Chinese make.
    @Ali:
    We know how you Pakistanis play. There is ample evidence of it the way you play cricket. The problem with likes of you and your foreign office is that they think countries are “either with us or with India”. Give me one reason why cannot countries have good relation with both India and Pakistan?Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:32PM

    Ms. Janjua, only solution may be to take independent political decisions. This type of low life will continue unless most of the foreign, internal and economic decisions are taken by civilian government and not by the military. For a few years civilian government will take a few bad or worst lines and then come to independent balanced decision making habits as happened in Turkey. Dominance of military must be brought down to only the defense of borders and on the orders of President or Prime Minister as the constitution dictates.Recommend

  • Antanu
    Oct 7, 2011 - 7:45PM

    @Nate Gupta:
    we are not that secular…correct urself lady. Problem is that 5% of pak ills are repeated 95 times whereas 95% of indian ills are hardly repeated 5 times.

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  • Menon
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:36PM

    @Asha:

    So you are saying Pakistan is not broken up? Show me one single thing the State of Pakistan can execute; providing electricity, rehbilitating floood victims, curbing/eliminating violence, keepin thing from getting blown up, people getting killed, education, health care and the list goes on. Call what you may, CIA-RAW-Mossad, why don’t the State of Pakistan have control of any of of it.

    You are worried about what is India, US, Afghanistan is going to do and how it is going to affect you. It is not going to affect you one bit if you don’t take care of the thing called Pakistan, the country. As country, you have misplaced and delusional priorities. How many nations have attacked or meddeld in your affairs since your birth? Your so called leaders made some selfish and absurd choices.

    Pakistan’s problem is not others it is Pakistan itself. So much discusssion about others while you should be talking about yourselves.Recommend

  • curious1
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:51PM

    @AnisAqeel:
    Fully agree and endorse. Military must be within its bounds and with obedience of civil rule according to the constitution only that can improve the image of Pakistan among a civilized society. Recommend

  • Nate Gupta
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:21PM

    @Antanu:
    Our constitution clearly states that India is a secular country and it is practiced all over India. Are we a perfect nation? Well, let’s just say that we have to go far before we can claim that. Our chosen path is the right path though and will take us there.

    On second thoughts, it’s great to have people like yourself in our country who keep others honest. Cheers!

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  • Ali
    Oct 8, 2011 - 1:48PM

    hahaha my comments seems to have gotten alot of attention. ITs pure and simple Indians find it hard to digest the truth. The truth shall prevail when anarchy is going to spread like wildfire within the next 2-4 years mark my words.

    I don’t hate ordinary Indians but India had chosen the wrong path which allowed them to grow to big too fast thus leaving its foundations weak which is going to lead India to the biggest disaster of Modern day politics.

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  • Nate Gupta
    Oct 8, 2011 - 8:01PM

    @Ali: *hahaha my comments seems to have gotten alot of attention. *
    Mr. Ali, I cannot speak for others but I usually find your comments a little over the top and disconnected from the reality. And, what’s with your unwarranted hateful attitude anyways?

    It looks like you understand both Micro and Macro Economics perfectly well. How about putting this knowledge of yours to the betterment of your country rather than posting meaningless prophetic statements?

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  • Freeman
    Oct 8, 2011 - 9:50PM

    @ashok sai: If agreement can reach with countries only then why America is in talk with Taliban and other insurgent groups in Afghanistan?????? Big Question. When same thing Pakistan do then everyone cry. America’s Double standards.

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  • Ali
    Oct 8, 2011 - 10:59PM

    Indian success story is going to go down just like Pahlavi’s Iran. Do you really think they(the west) are going to allow the transfer of their considerable amount of their wealth to India when India has an attitude of that runs on prophecies of super power India just like Pahlavi had for Iran. You just have to have patience and resilience to deal with the West, Pakistan has done perfectly well we are on the right Path where the worst has passed for us and the only way from here is upwards not downwards. For India its only downwards from here.

    You all will see for yourselves soon

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  • TH Robinson
    Oct 9, 2011 - 12:33AM

    @Ali,

    Would you agree that the west has “allowed” of a considerable amount of wealth to go to China? Are you aware that in many large U.S. corporations, every other cubicle is filled by an Indian citizen? Are you aware that Indian-owned Tata is now the largest industrial employer in Britain, with 45,000 employees? India has 1 million applicants for a place in an engineering university curriculum. 1 in 10 gets a spot. Adjusting for population, I wonder if the numbers in Pakistan are even close…

    If you really think India is similar to Pahlavi’s Iran, you need to do more research. The Pahlavi government in Iran was much more like the current government of Saudi Arabia, Assad’s Syria or Saddam’s Iraq prior to his invasion of Kuwait – a dictatorial government held in place by secret police, military force and distributions of government aid. India appears to be a much more stable democracy than Pakistan, even if both have corruption problems. (And both substitute government aid for genuine improvements in living standards for the poor.)

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  • Nate Gupta
    Oct 9, 2011 - 6:21AM

    @Ali: Pakistan has done perfectly well we are on the right Path where the worst has passed for us and the only way from here is upwards not downwards. For India its only downwards from here.
    Once again, you will do well to stop making doom and gloom prophesies about India. Only time can tell what is in store. And, if you think Pakistan is on the right path… well, I am at loss of words. Either you are overly optimistic or our definition of right path are completely different. Good luck to you.

    Sincerely!

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  • Ali
    Oct 9, 2011 - 4:03PM

    @Nate does my first paragraph irks you :D read the whole thing

    @TM
    Yes absolutely you estimates are absolutely correct and you should know now that there’s a time for everything and why the west has everything planned again big superpower wannabees like India/China. Its a bitter pill which you Indians need to digest. I’m not asking any of you to believe me rather just wait and watch.

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  • Nate Gupta
    Oct 10, 2011 - 5:41PM

    @Ali:
    No it does not irk me. I read the whole of your post and find it hilarious. You guys would stop at nothing, coming up with conspiracy theories. If India and China progress and become super powers of tomorrow, you will come up with other excuses and pseudo-analysis :)
    It’s time you concentrate on developing your country rather than wishing/plotting for other progressive countries to fail.

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