Afghan attackers 'live, recruit and operate' in Pakistan, Ghani tells army chief

Published: January 16, 2017
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has told Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa that those who recently launched attacks in Afghanistan “lived, were recruited and operated freely in Pakistan and no action was taken against them,” a Presidential Palace statement said on Monday.

Ghani’s allegations came during a phone call with the Pakistani army chief. General Qamar Bajwa telephoned the Afghan president on Sunday evening to condemn recent attacks in the country. The military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations, said General Bajwa also offered intelligence cooperation and border management to stop illegal cross-border movement.

The offer came following attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand which killed nearly 60 people, including five UAE diplomats. Taliban claimed attacks in Kabul and Helmand and denied involvement in the Kandahar attack, which they blamed on the internal power struggle between officials in Kandahar.

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“In his telephonic talk, President Ghani vowed to take revenge from the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks and said his country is ready to ensure security of his country,” a statement from Ghani’s office said.

“He again described terrorism and extremism as a serious threat for the region and the world and said that lack of determination to fight against the common threat could pose dangers to Pakistan itself and the region,” the statement posted on the Afghan president’s website added.

President Ghani said he wants “serious talks” to discuss Kabul’s future relationship with Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • salman
    Jan 16, 2017 - 4:20PM

    Than please close down the border with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Menon
    Jan 16, 2017 - 4:39PM

    Good for Ghani.

    Time call out Pakistan for what it really is.Recommend

  • LOL
    Jan 16, 2017 - 5:09PM

    UAE has already blamed the incident on Afghanistan. so Ghani can say whatever he wants. we all know his presidential powers are only implemented in his palace.Recommend

  • Sohaib
    Jan 16, 2017 - 6:26PM

    Means India says as everyone knows Ghani will only say whatever India and America wanted him to say, he can’t even poop without the said parties consent so nothing to see here people, just Indian propaganda, move on.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 16, 2017 - 6:38PM

    Don’t worry… we are sending them all back to Afghanistan Recommend

  • Ahmar Khan
    Jan 16, 2017 - 9:18PM

    Is anyone really surprised? The whole world knows our policy of “strategic depth” in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 16, 2017 - 9:52PM

    Tell me something new Mr.Ghani, not something that the world already knows.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jan 16, 2017 - 9:58PM

    If it’s the real problem then simple solution is close border with Pakistan. Why would Ghani resist all efforts to border management? Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jan 16, 2017 - 10:03PM

    That’s very different from the ISPR statement . The generals need to stay away from diplomacy – I don’t have the aptitude or attitude for it Recommend

  • Billa
    Jan 16, 2017 - 10:15PM

    What is the role of Afghanistsn in all this? To be like a sitting duck and wait for the disaster to happen? Where is afghan government and what are they doing to prevent such happenings? If you point fingers at others then remember the three are pointing at you.Recommend

  • Sunny
    Jan 17, 2017 - 4:12AM

    I am just sick of this guy Aahraf Ghani. He is a menace to the modernized society.Recommend

  • Humza
    Jan 17, 2017 - 7:28AM

    @Sunny: No one in the world takes any comments from Afghanistan seriously. They know that Afghanistan is a base for Indian misadventure against Pakistan and that Pakistan wants to closely control the border with Afghanistan. When all Afghan refugees are sent back to Kabul, steps have to be taken to ensure they don’t come back and create more havoc for Pakistani citizens. Hopefully the new President Trump can help Pakistan build a barrier to keep out the Afghans the way the US is making a wall to keep out illegal Mexicans.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 17, 2017 - 8:45AM

    @Ahmar Khan:
    If the whole world knew, and believed, we would have faced sanctions, and turned into another Iraq or Syria. Nice try blogger across my eastern border!Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Jan 17, 2017 - 8:43PM

    And the whole of Pakistan wants to tell the Indian puppet Ghani that, “Pakistan attackers ‘live, recruit and operate’ in Afghanistan”.Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Jan 20, 2017 - 4:28AM

    It’s funny how he speaks the language of Indians.Recommend

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