Afghan president Ashraf Ghani turns down invitation to visit Pakistan

Published: May 4, 2017
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has turned down Pakistan’s invitation to visit the country.

During an interview with BBC, the president’s deputy spokesperson Dawa Khan Mina Pal said Ghani was invited by Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar and parliamentarians to visit the country.

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“I will not go to Pakistan until the perpetrators behind the attacks on Mazar-e-Sharif, the American University in Kabul and Kandahar, are handed over to Afghanistan,” the deputy spokesperson quoted Ghani as saying. He further said the Afghan president has also demanded action against Afghan Taliban present on Pakistan’s soil.

There has been no confirmation about Ghani’s refusal from Pakistan’s side thus far.

The statement came a day after Lt Gen Mukhtar quietly visited Kabul as part of efforts by the two estranged neighbours to reset their ties particularly in the field of intelligence cooperation.

There was no official confirmation from either side about the visit, as well as his engagements in Kabul. Afghanistan’s Tolo news reported that the ISI chief was in Kabul to improve bilateral military and intelligence cooperation.

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The ISI chief’s trip came on the heels of a high-level Pakistan Army delegation led by Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt Gen Bilal Akbar visited Kabul.

Afghan authorities were conveyed that Pakistan Army had control in all areas on Pakistan side of the border and shall not allow its soil to be used against Afghanistan.

“Terrorists are common threat and shall be defeated,” the official statement quoted Gen Bilal as saying.

The flurry of visits by senior military and intelligence officials were part of efforts by the two sides to defuse their months old tensions primarily due to serious differences on fighting the militant groups. Both sides accused the other for hands-off approach to certain militant outfits. Afghanistan has long held the view that Pakistan is still harboring Afghan Taliban on its soil, a charge strongly rebutted by Islamabad.

This article originally appeared on BBC Urdu.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • FAZ
    May 4, 2017 - 1:56PM

    You should also not visit China, Russia or Iran for that matter. The only country for you to visit is India. No one else is interested in what crap happens to your countryRecommend

  • Vaidyanathan
    May 4, 2017 - 3:29PM

    No one invited him. Then why all pakistanis are visiting afghanistan. The time has come that UN to take action.Recommend

  • Humza
    May 4, 2017 - 4:19PM

    @FAZ: Ashraf Ghani and his family think they can come to Pakistan whenever they want as refugees when it suits them but want to grand stand and act big to their home audience. Until Afghans realize that being puppets of India will achieve nothing, Afghanistan will not move forward. For 60 years, Afghanistan has allowed itself to be a puppet for Indian intelligence but instead of doing what is best for Afghan citizens, Afghanistan got involved in India’s plans to destabilize Pakistan. In the process, Afghanistan only destabilized itself. This comment if true is another reason why the border with Afghanistan should be closed and the remaining Afghan refugees sent back to Kabul because they should help rebuilding their own country.Recommend

  • Amir
    May 4, 2017 - 6:19PM

    send all the afghan refugees in Pakistan back to their dear homes now. Enough is enough. Yes Pakistan gets funds from UN and other donors, and what we know about graft and corruption, this is pocketed by all. So now for our security we need to send all back.Recommend

  • Xian
    May 5, 2017 - 10:42AM

    Why do Pakistanis say that he is a puppet of India. Because India has invested billions of dollars in their country. Would the same apply to who is receiving 53 billion dollars?Recommend

  • Shah
    May 7, 2017 - 9:59PM

    @Vaidyanathan: What UN ?? the UN which you Hindus—tanis reject when talks for J&K are suggested ?? Go to sleep and start dreaming.. thats what you Hindus—tanis do best; Dream; Recommend

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