Kabul set to launch efforts to ‘isolate’ Pakistan

Published: April 24, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: 

Kabul intends to launch a concerted diplomatic campaign to isolate Pakistan in the international arena as well as in the region, a spokesperson for the Afghan president said on Saturday.

“Pakistan still supports groups involved in fighting in Afghanistan,” Dawa Khan Meenpal, deputy spokesperson for President Ashraf Ghani told the media in Kabul.

Afghanistan says Kabul attack was planned by Haqqani network in Pakistan

The comments came in reaction to the April 19 attack in which 64 people were killed.

The spokesperson alleged that the deadliest attack yet in Kabul was “planned by the Haqqani network in Pakistan.”

“Afghanistan is reviewing its policy on Pakistan,” he said, according to Radio Azadi.

“Pakistan is in the state of isolation. We want to use diplomatic initiative to isolate Pakistan at regional and international levels and to tell the world community where terrorists are and which country and intelligence (agency) support them,” Meenapal said.

He said Kabul had always asked Pakistan to seriously fight terrorism, but “they have backed terrorist groups and facilitated them.”

Kabul attack, harbinger of deteriorating ties

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had condemned the “heinous” attack in a message to President Ashraf Ghani and called for “coordinated approach” to eliminate terrorism.

Meenpal said Pakistan had “always allowed its soil to be used by those who fight (against) the Afghan government.”

The spokesman for Pakistan’s foreign ministry’s did not respond to a text message when asked about the country’s response.

Afghan Taliban had claimed responsibility and said three bombers had taken part in the attack and that it was part of the group’s Spring Offensive.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (61)

  • Prada
    Apr 24, 2016 - 9:33AM

    Perhaps Pakistan does not realize the grave situation it is in right now. It cannot antagonize all its neighbors and rely on China to bail it out. It stands the risk of becoming another N.Korea. It is a great disservice to shelter the Haqqanis who are causing mayhem in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Supersequel
    Apr 24, 2016 - 9:47AM

    Fine. Let them take their refugees and seal the border. Kabul can’t protect its capital, let alone challenge paksitan. Recommend

  • Dr. Shahid Masood
    Apr 24, 2016 - 9:53AM

    Pakistan has become the doormat of the civilised word!Recommend

  • Paki
    Apr 24, 2016 - 9:59AM

    And, this is the same country which lost its half part after a massive defeat, still fishing in the troubled waters.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Apr 24, 2016 - 10:00AM

    It’s a proper step taken by the Afghan government and must continue so until Pakistan give up on good Taliban.Recommend

  • jay
    Apr 24, 2016 - 10:02AM

    Pakistan has become an head ache for all neighbors. India has already fenced its borders with Pak, the flood lights can be seen even from space. now its time for Iran and Afghan to fence their sides. after all there should be some separation between jungle and civilization . Recommend

  • abu waleed
    Apr 24, 2016 - 10:15AM

    You know you have no respect left in this world when Afghanistan is complaining about you. Recommend

  • SK
    Apr 24, 2016 - 10:20AM

    How an isolated country Afghanistan, living on donor agencies and other countries aid can corner a much better standalone country like Pakistan. Their mini-master – India, tought them to blame all ills on Pakistan and live in a fort with protection provided by others. Recommend

  • Abdul Aleem
    Apr 24, 2016 - 10:30AM

    This is how Afghanistan is paying back all sacrifices pakistan has made, in terms of hosting refuges, withstanding terrorism planned and executed from Afghanistan.

    Why dont we just kick out all those afghan refuges still in pakistan?Recommend

  • Asad
    Apr 24, 2016 - 10:42AM

    Pakistan must try to be a good neighbor. There cannot be prosperity when you antagonize all your neighbors.Recommend

  • khattak
    Apr 24, 2016 - 11:18AM

    It was mistake by Sertaj Aziz to accept good Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan in international forum. The subsequent promise to bring them to table for peace talks was another commitment where Chinese & American were guaranteer. Sadly it paints very bad international image of Pakistan US has already taken actions & all eyes are on China to see what they come up with.Recommend

  • pk
    Apr 24, 2016 - 11:26AM

    It is strange that Pakistan wants Sharia in Afghanistan but fighting against Mullah Fazlullah who wants to implement Sharia in Pakistan. Recommend

  • asy ma wail!
    Apr 24, 2016 - 11:48AM

    yawns ! waiting for Indian trolls to take the lead and entertain us.Recommend

  • Afghan
    Apr 24, 2016 - 11:48AM

    Pakistan should pay the price in the form of economic embargo on that country by world community. Recommend

  • Point
    Apr 24, 2016 - 12:04PM

    how about you also take the guts to ask your afghans to isolate pakistan by moving out of our country. then at least we will have enough peace particularly among Pakistani pashtuns who are sick of afghans here in KP. Recommend

  • JD
    Apr 24, 2016 - 12:46PM

    The government in Kabul is standing thanks to a considerable support from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hawk
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:02PM

    Look who is talking.!! Afghanistan was and is nursery of terrorists. If its not like this then why US & NATO stormed after 2001. They are basically indian puppets and also behind unrest in Pakistan. Millions of afganis living in Pakistan & if they dont like thenwhy they are living here. “Jis thali may KHatay hain us me thoktay hain” Shamless behvaior.Recommend

  • Amir
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:06PM

    Very funny approach by Afghanistan. Till the time Afghans will not come out of Indian lap, they ‘ll always be like this. Instead of mending their own homes, it’s always very very easy for Afghans n Indians to blame Pakistan by totally ignoring the internal fault lines that they have. Till the time Indian money is flowing to Afghans they will keep on blaming Pakistan. When Afghan war started in 1980s it was only Pakistan not India who welcomed millions of Afghans n is keeping them over three decades. Though Afghan refugees created immense economic burden but even then Pakistanis immensely helped them. On the other hand we got Kalashnikov n drugs culture as a gift. And now they want to isolate us. Such a thankless nation. Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2016 - 1:22PM

    Afghanistan wants to issolate us. But what about the isolation which exist in Pakistan(creted by so called afghan brotha).Our army started ZarbeAzb but afghan intelligence NDS gave them shelter when the terrorists were searching for shelter.We dont have faith in there talks as they are Indian Puppets. And by the way Pak Army or ISI dont operate in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Ul Logical
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:35PM

    Thanx, but no thanx for your intentions and efforts; pak has already taken care of business with the wisdom and intelligence of Gen raheel, Field marshal munir akram and grand mullah hafeez saeed. pak don’t need any outside help. Thanx anywayRecommend

  • Nadeem
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:40PM

    Funny. Afghans are the ones allowing Indian State Terrorism in Pakistan emanating from their soil, from the Indian unnecessary consulates in Afghanistan. The blames are just to cover up and hush up the revelations made by this Indian terrorist spy kulbushan yadev who was caught red handed by Pakistan’s ISI. Shame upon India and Indo Afghan axis of evil.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:40PM

    Funny. Afghans are the ones allowing Indian State Terrorism in Pakistan emanating from their soil, from the Indian unnecessary consulates in Afghanistan. The blames are just to cover up and hush up the revelations made by this Indian terrorist spy kulbushan yadev who was caught red handed by Pakistan’s ISI. Shame upon India and Indo Afghan axis of evil.Recommend

  • nasser
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:42PM

    Joke of the millenium. Amusing.Recommend

  • nasser
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:46PM

    Pakistan is Chinese lapdog…Afghanistan is Indian lapdog….India is US Lapdog…So who cares what the three as subcontinent lapdogs say.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Apr 24, 2016 - 1:52PM

    India is playing games against Pakistan. They have Plan A Plan B and Plan C. Just catching one Raw agent is not enough ? As long as India is in Afghanistan they will be involve in all kind of anti Pakistan activities.Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2016 - 2:10PM

    AFGHANIS always want to give Pakistan a bad name because the terrorist are from Afghanistan as well will do anything to blame Pakistan for its drug and terrorist problems

    Afghanistan is less developed and more of a terrorist breeding ground than Pakistan plus has most of the drugs the world

    PAKISTAN is completely innocent that’s why it’s so much developed than many countries except India, China and Russia but come 4th mainly because India is LARGER Recommend

  • @Zaru
    Apr 24, 2016 - 2:11PM

    There was a lot of buzz in our diplomatic community in the first quarter of prevailing year that we have won the heartsvafghan government officials by showing that we are sincere in eradicating terror from the soil of both countries equally.There was an outlook in media that now afhan officials will not give inflammatory statements against pakistani govenment and military.and we were happy that Aghan govenment will finally gradually free itself from indian influence and will allow its soil to be used against pakistsn.But at the same time some of experienced analysts well versed in Aghan prospects were of the opinion that we should not content ourselves with the present pace of effort and we have to constantly engage with Aghan government and try to lessen trust deficit which had reached its climax in past times.And that India will not sit back and will watch all the happenings.another thing they pointed at was Indian diplomats are miles ahead of their Pakistani counterparts in the field of diplomacy and will try their level best to stop the ongoing process.But our establishment had turned deaf ears towards them and were busy in making merry.So now the result is apparentband Indians have bounced back with their full might……Recommend

  • israr
    Apr 24, 2016 - 2:32PM

    First of Afghanistan can’t isolate Pakistan more. .. Pakistan asked them that Pakistan will make a fense on broader but Afghanistan rejected it… we want isolate Afghanistan from us…. take ur 4 million refugees n leave us alone…..Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 24, 2016 - 2:57PM

    The us-india/israel backed northern alliance knows its days are numbered. The failed campaign to destabilise pakistan has constantly hit back on their faces. Frustration and anxiety from delhi to kabul is manifest in their reckless diplomatic flexing. Today the world is investing in pakistan, pakistan is becoming part of a trade block of the new world super power china. A new world order is being established, and the us, india, israel etc just cannot digest that. Afghanistan is a great country, and gradually it will be cleansed of the zionist regimes using it as a proxy. Our muslim brothers and sisters are united with us and we are one.Recommend

  • Syed Ali
    Apr 24, 2016 - 4:20PM

    It is ironic that an Afghan statement is taken is proof in itself. While Pakistan’s solid evidence against Pakistani Taliban having Indian help and sanctuary in Afghanistan is hushed and set aside. Just to Name a few: 1. Remember Mullah Fazlullah, Afghanistan harbored him with US support, the very same United States which said he is threat to state of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.2, Pakistani Taliban, attacking Army public school, University if KP, Bomb blast in Lahore, with Afgan phone numbers. The list can go on and on.

    So, it seems that the reality is otherway around. Afghanistan’s real problem is Corruption, absence of rule of law, and poverty. Afghan taliban are nothing but vacuum fillers. They just started their spring offensive. They are the one fighting Afghan govt. The tactic is meant to pressure Pakistan to put pressure on Afghan Taliban.

    A neutral Afghanistan is in the best interest of Afghanistan. They are now following their Indian masters call against Pakistan, which does not help them in anyway. Recommend

  • Kuzzy
    Apr 24, 2016 - 4:42PM

    Looks like most countries still follow US Zionist leaders. If you look back in History before 9/11. Picture will add up. Their were no terrorist attacks in Pakistan nor terrorists. Pakistan is fighting terrorism because of Afghanistan. Terrorists came to Pakistan along with millions of refugees. YOU WANT TO ISOLATE PAKISTAN? GO FOR IT BECAUSE PAKISTAN IS STILL STANDING STRONG AS IT ALWAYS HAS!Recommend

  • Trollslayer
    Apr 24, 2016 - 4:49PM

    @ Faisal

    Keep on drinking that Kool Aid! Afghans wholeheartedly support the Northern Alliance and their position against terrorists.

    Afghans are not buying the “we are Muslims and we are one” mantra peddled by Pakistan. We are not brothers and we are not one.

    You are a Pakistani and we are Afghans and we have nothing in common, please get that through your head. Even your proxy i.e. Taliban don’t see you as one of their own, the sooner you realize this, the better.

    Pakistan is the proxy of China and KSA and China is neither a superpower nor a sincere partner to any nation. China is only loyal to itself and its business interests. Where was China when Pakistan was dismembered in 1971? Recommend

  • SR Khan
    Apr 24, 2016 - 4:58PM

    This is the root of the problem, instead of focusing on its own issues, Afghanistan wants to focus on Pakistan. There are several millions Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, the Haqanis live with the refugees as no other than refugees. Afghanistan should repatriate all the Afghans refugees from Pakistan, the problem will be solved in itself.Recommend

  • XoF
    Apr 24, 2016 - 5:00PM

    Aghan must not act like a baby and point all things in one way. 3 decades of instability in their country and they still dnt want to accept their faults at their end. Grow up. Dnt act like a bollywood crazed nation. This is reality..train ur nation and fight. No 1 will solve alll ur problems.Recommend

  • tatvavetta
    Apr 24, 2016 - 5:06PM

    No one wants to isolate Pakistan. Everyone has his own policy.Pakistan does not want to isolate India and Iran by having CPEC with China. Pakistan does not want to harm India and
    Afganistan by training terrorist in Pakistan. Pakistan is a do-gooder for the humanity. Pakistan donated parts of Kashmir to China was not to harm Kashmiris.What is good for Pakistan is good for everyone? Recommend

  • Fed up
    Apr 24, 2016 - 5:17PM

    Afghanistan in tandem with India is furthering the agenda of India. Without proof how can they say Haqqani network did it, Indian RAW has the capability and money to stage bombings implicating Pakistan to achieve their end. They did it in the past and they are doing it now. The dirty game was played in 1971, in Karachi and recently in Baluchistan. Their hands are not clean, they should stop behaving like angels.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 24, 2016 - 5:22PM

    We Afghan citizens love and respect Pakistan. This current Afghan government is Indian puppet and don’t represent true sentiments of Afghan people.Recommend

  • Waqas Ahmad
    Apr 24, 2016 - 5:25PM

    Sorry, who was escorting Hakeemullah Mehsood’s brother when CIA nabbed him…..! Can anyone tell…Your hatred is well understood “Mr. Nobody”, Inshallah Pakistan will always be there no matter how much India invest in Afghan ruling elite and, good for nothing always under the influence of Hashish, Army. ShamelessRecommend

  • E.Muhammad
    Apr 24, 2016 - 5:43PM

    What does Pakistan possibly have to gain by doing such a thing?Recommend

  • Pashtun
    Apr 24, 2016 - 6:32PM

    @Faisal Come to pashtun areas of Afghanistan and call your self pakistani you’ll be digging a grave for your self, this tack tick does not work with us. @ JD Kabul has existed before 1947, before pakistan was an idea that failed in 1971 refresh your history my friend. Recommend

  • Ghazanfar
    Apr 24, 2016 - 6:38PM

    Pakistan is progressing. It’s internal war against extremism and poverty is going really well, and this fact is hard to swallow for American allies, especially India and Afghanistan (Who relays heavily on India and America) Thus they are doing everything to create a negative image of Pakistan. Pakistan’s deep sea port Gwadar will be fully operational by end of this year Inshallah and Pakistan will be leading Sub-continent in economy. So better be part of it rather burn off jealousy.Recommend

  • SG
    Apr 24, 2016 - 7:15PM

    How long this Cat and Mouse game will be continued by Pakistan both st the Indian Border and another at Afghan Border. Wake up Pakistan…Recommend

  • sam khan
    Apr 24, 2016 - 10:13PM

    The Afghan government is an unnaturally propped up regime supported bythe west which cannot sustain it self and finding excuses for its failure they have no control over their own area the south and east of afghanistan are in control of taliban a truly representative government in Afghanistan is the only solution Recommend

  • Talking Point
    Apr 24, 2016 - 10:20PM

    @Faisal: ” A new world order is being established ” . If this is the new world order where Chinese keep track of India , where China uses Pakistan as a mere road network ( much like a rich man uses the front of a poor man’s house to park his car) to secure its own needs , where the army chief of a nation can preach morals in public to his own PM ( conveniently forgetting to tackle the massive corruption in sale of army land ) , then is world must be inhabited by 1 master and 2 slaves – China and Pak/ N.Korea. Welcome to the short lived new world order ! Recommend

  • sid
    Apr 24, 2016 - 11:28PM

    @Faisal Maybe you are not reading pakistan newspapers or you want to live in imaginary world but reality is investment in pakistan is decreasing each year from all countries except from china.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Apr 24, 2016 - 11:55PM

    Maybe Pakistan should take back all those who have taken asylum in other countries and make the world a better place to liveRecommend

  • Waqas Ahmed
    Apr 25, 2016 - 12:55AM

    Says a country surviving on Pakistan’s generosity. It is Pakistan, not India which has been hosting over three million Afghan refugees from last 30 years. If we just stop PAk-Afghan trade, Afghan economy will will collapse within few years. They are blaming Pakistan for the terrorism in their country as if Afghans themselves are very peace loving people. They have always been fighting with each other since forever and that’s perhaps the only thing they are good at.
    While blaming Pakistan for terrorism, they overlook that they have allowed India to use their soil to fight it’s proxy war against Pakistan. The whole world knows that TTP is India’s proxy and Afghan’s NDS is in collaboration with RAW to destabilize Pakistan. Recommend

  • SaneVoice
    Apr 25, 2016 - 1:26AM

    This is outrageously hilarious! If these minority idiots sitting in Kabul think they will even last a year when US and it’s cronies will exit, then yes they can delude themselves into thinking that they can isolate Pakistan globally lol.Recommend

  • Saadokiller
    Apr 25, 2016 - 1:55AM

    pppppppfffffffffffffffff…. Afghanistan cant keep its own country in order whats it going to do to Pakistan. xD
    The should be grateful for operation zarb-e-azb.Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Apr 25, 2016 - 2:07AM

    This is another tactic by Indian lobby to use Afghanistan to malign Pakistan !!!!

    Afghanistan wouldn’t dare to take any step against Pakistan, its India (world cesspool) who is pushing Afghanistan to play with fire !!!!Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 25, 2016 - 3:00AM

    You Afghan Indian isolate Pakistan who hull are you to isolate us, the Afghan government totally depending on Indian money and speaking Indian language
    You people forget when Russian captured Afghanistan we are the only one in this world to gave you everything
    You are blaming Pakistan, how many plans made in Afghanistan and our innocent people died but we never blame you, think the when we Pakistani isolation AfghanistanRecommend

  • curious2
    Apr 25, 2016 - 4:41AM

    I find it odd that many comments criticize Afghan but no comments that actually deny that Pakistan is supporting the Haqqani. Like it or not Afghan’s have the moral high ground on this issue and Pakistan’s support of the Haqqani reinforces an image of a country that lies, uses terrorist as strategic assets, and otherwise can’t be trusted. Pakistan is trying to change it’s image and Afghanistan bringing this issue to the forefront can do significant harm to that effort. Recommend

  • brar
    Apr 25, 2016 - 5:08AM

    Muslim Ummah which Pakistanis always cries for is perhaps a dream now it will blamed its on Indian instigation different conspiracy theories as always. Good luck Pakistan you are already isolated and the whole world knows.Recommend

  • Adam
    Apr 25, 2016 - 5:34AM

    Afgans are indian poodles while india uses they soil to launch attacks upon innocent pakistanis when russia was slaughtering you it was pakistan who gave u shelter & helped you win the war we want you out of are country you can not be trusted you are snakes we pakistan pashtuns have disowned you have failed to follow pashtuns strict code shame on you indian slaves Recommend

  • Sid
    Apr 25, 2016 - 6:04AM

    @SK:
    Standalone country ? Standalone countries do not live on USA fundings and IMF pardoning their loans. Standalone country do not brag about being a friend of bullies like China to counter their enemies. Pakistan is just a chotu in a gang of bully (read China), can never survive of it’s own.Recommend

  • ibs
    Apr 25, 2016 - 6:53AM

    Does the government there even control Kabul? They have no hold over their country and look at the way they’re talking. Its india talking through its ventriloquist dummy.Recommend

  • someone
    Apr 25, 2016 - 7:11AM

    I think mere words from Afghan won’t do. They need to take over Pakistan for good. They ruled this area for long but these people have been strayed. Afghans need to bring the Pakistanis back to their folds. Recommend

  • Humza
    Apr 25, 2016 - 10:22AM

    @someone: Problem is that all Afghans seem more interested to smuggle themselves abroad to claim asylum as refugees instead of working for their own country. Forget the millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan who don’t want to go home but the hundreds of thousands of Afghans smuggling themselves to Western countries is an indication of how desperate they are. When Afghan leaders continue to allow their country to be a base for Indian agency misadventure, don;t they realize the hardship they cause to the millions of Afghan refugees who are working in Pakistan? I have heard the backlash has already started with people wanting to fire Afghan refugees and deport them. It’s better for Afghanistan to work with its neighbours instead of just being an Indian stooge. There is a reason why none of the nations around India don’t get along with it – whether Nepal, Sri Lanka, China or Pakistan.Recommend

  • khan
    Apr 25, 2016 - 2:40PM

    Ungrateful Afghans!Recommend

  • Mahmood Khalid Khan
    Apr 25, 2016 - 3:00PM

    Unfortunately both President Ghani and Mr. Abdullah^2 can see the writing on the wall. Their fate is going to be the same as that of their predecessors in the hands of the Talibans. I remember Talibans dancing in the bedrrom of President Nagib. It is no use blaming Pakistan for your own short comings on the battle field. Alright don’t hold talks with anybody which Pakistan had the bleakest of the chances to arrange. Wait and see.Recommend

  • Shahid Hameed
    Apr 26, 2016 - 10:16PM

    this is dollar hunt foreign policy of Afghanistan. soon he will take this statement back.if not then he have to received over three million Afghan refugees back. which is not possible for him.Recommend

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