No need for concern over growing ties with Pakistan, Afghanistan tells India

Published: March 14, 2015
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Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah Abdullah. PHOTO: AFP

Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah Abdullah. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: Expressing surprise over India’s concerns over strengthening Pak-Afghan ties, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah said he expects India to ‘stay the course’ and be sure that nothing will shake the foundations of their relations.

Abdullah, while praising India for being a strong partner, said the Indian leadership should ignore what is happening on the periphery.

“While I understand the concerns here, I was also surprised that the perception has affected the sentiments here. I have heard there is a sea change (in Afghanistan’s stand),” Abdullah said while addressing group of strategic affairs experts at the Vivekananda International Foundation.

He added that India was pursuing the policy of helping Afghanistan, by assisting Kabul fight the threat of terrorism, radicalisation, creating opportunities for bettering lives of Afghans, facilitating regional cooperation and democratic process.

The CEO of Afghanistan said that Kabul is also following the same policy.

“Continue to do your good work. Don’t worry about anything that is happening on the periphery,” he said.

Earlier, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani had visited Pakistan and met with the political leadership and also the military chiefs.

Since then, Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and Inter Services Intelligence Director General have made two visits to Afghanistan to meet both the political and military leadership in Kabul, raising eyebrows in India.

Afghanistan’s ties with China has also increased with Beijing playing an active role in the peace talks with Taliban.

Abdullah admitted that with Pakistan, Kabul has serious challenges. He said talks by Afghanistan’s new Unity government with Pakistan was to improve relations so that peace prevails in the war-torn country.

“Pakistan has said that it does not differentiate between good or bad Taliban,” he added.”That is at least a shift of stand. These measures (words) will be tested against the action on the ground.”

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Hasan
    Mar 14, 2015 - 6:33PM

    It is none of India’s business to be concerned about Pak-Afghan relationship.Recommend

  • wb
    Mar 14, 2015 - 7:21PM

    @Hasan:
    I agree with you 200%.

    And frankly I don’t know what Abdullah Abdullah is talking about since not one single news media in India raised the issue of growing Pak Afghan relationship. And frankly, it is not an issue at all.

    And because ET has taken it upon itself to be totally corrupt and biased and ban all Indian comments on certain sections, I don’t know if this will reach the wider audience.

    However, ET must know that suppressing the truth will backfire if not today, then tomorrow.

    Especially from WATER BOTTLE.Recommend

  • Dr. Khalid
    Mar 14, 2015 - 9:56PM

    @wb:
    ET is a newspaper not a platform for cyber warfair, which indians have tried to use it as such and don’t worry there are millions of readers around the world for this newspaper!
    As for as the Pak-Afghan relation goes, it will grow stronger and stronger with each passing day, In Sha Allah!!! Pakistan and Afghanistan are both tied with the strong bond of a strong nation Pakhtoons, which some other nations are trying to divid but will not succeed in sha Allah!!!Recommend

  • Sabyasachi
    Mar 14, 2015 - 10:12PM

    But how are we bothered what Afghanistan does with Pakistan?It just does not concern us at all.What matters to us is issues between Afghanistan and India and that relates mainly to bilateral trade and commerce.As far as Afghanistan’s friendship with anyone else is concerned that is of no concern to us at all.We are focused on China and not on Afghanistan or Pakistan.Recommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Mar 14, 2015 - 11:10PM

    @Dr. Khalid:

    As @wb correctly said, we don’t get to read any stories in our newspapers about India not being happy about growing af-pak relations. There may be something going on in the corridors of power in New Delhi, but, common people like me don’t have access to it.

    Anyway, we wish Pakhtoons all over the world the very best.Recommend

  • Mar 14, 2015 - 11:45PM

    The people of Afghanistan and Pakistan are same they are Muslims who share religious and cultural similarities etc etc . India must realize now that there is no more Karzai in Afghanistan Indian sympathizers are present in both camps of Dr.Ashraf Ghani and Dr.Abdullah Abdullah but they will fail in derailing the peace initiatives and will fail in breaking the bond of friendship between Pakistan and Afghanistan which is getting stronger day by day. We want stronger brotherhood bond between the two countries STAY OUT OF IT INDIA Recommend

  • Lmao
    Mar 15, 2015 - 12:00AM

    What’s wrong with Dr. Abdullah’s index finger?Recommend

  • In the name of love (what more)
    Mar 15, 2015 - 12:35AM

    Ofcourse there is a problem! India doesn’t want Afghanistan to have better relations with pakistan, and Pakistan wants India kicked out of Afghanistan. India has a sizeable presence in Afghanistan and it is now in a position to press the full throttle button to insurgency in Baluchistan, if such a need arises. Pakistan, on the other hand, would be more happy to see Taliban ruling Afghanistan, so that Afghanistan can be used as training ground for Jihadists to be sent to Kashmir, without India holding strategic positions in afghanistan to respond similarly in baluchistan.Recommend

  • Khattak
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:52AM

    @ Dr. Khalid, you are right, Gandhi Jee put us(Pashtuns) to the wolfs. These wolfs will be eating us for God knows how long. By the way we have been never been united in history, so cant blame others for all of our miseries.Recommend

  • Afghan
    Mar 15, 2015 - 2:53AM

    For obvious reasons and as an Afghan, I’d rather see Afghanistan closer to India than Pakistan. India is a fast growing economy, a regional super power and south asia’s tech hub. Plus they do not send suicide bombers into Afghanistan to kill innocent people.Recommend

  • wb
    Mar 15, 2015 - 7:53AM

    @Dr. Khalid:

    This is the problem with you Pakistanis.

    You don’t understand anything in this world (and you are a Dr? or what?) and make assumptions.

    “As for as the Pak-Afghan relation goes, it will grow stronger and stronger with each passing day, In Sha Allah!!! ”

    That’s wonderful. That’s great. We Indians or the Indian government should have absolutely no problem with growing relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    In fact, we want it to grow.

    Our only concern is Afghanistan allowing Pak sponsored terrorists. That’s not only our concern, that’s the concern of every single country in the world. Apart from that, who cares. Go ahead, share the same pants at the same time with an Afghan. No one cares and we’ll only wish well.

    Inshahallah!Recommend

  • reality
    Mar 15, 2015 - 7:54AM

    @Afghan:
    one more indian online masked in other nationality so spread their rising hoax :)Recommend

  • Salim jan
    Mar 15, 2015 - 8:13AM

    Brother Afghan,it was Pakistan and its citizens who warmly received the multitudes of refugees from Afghanistan and provided shelter.It was not Pakistan which invited Russia to invade Afghanistan. They were your incompetent leaders who supported Russian intervention.Millions of Afghans got education here.you should be grateful to Pakistan and its people.It is true that Pakistan’s strategic depth policy was incorrect but it was also due to the lack of public-rooted political leadership in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 15, 2015 - 4:49PM

    Abdullah-Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani doing……..good cop, bad cop.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 15, 2015 - 6:50PM

    @Lmao:
    “What’s wrong with Dr. Abdullah’s index finger?”
    Nothing! This is a file picture of Dr. Abdullah showing off his pride after he had voted and his index finger dabbed with temporarily-indelible ink.Recommend

  • Zen
    Mar 15, 2015 - 7:27PM

    Not a word from him that India is supporting TTP. Is he fooling Pakistan or is Pakistan fooling itselfRecommend

  • Anjaan
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:58PM

    In order to reassure India, Dr Abdullah made it clear that Afghan relations with Pakistan will never be at the coat of its relations with India, which is at a different level … that is what the people of India would expect. The ball is in Pakistan’s court … and there is no room for mischief and deceit this time … the Afghan leadership will judge Pakistan by its actions on the ground … !!Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 16, 2015 - 6:41AM

    @wb:
    “nd because ET has taken it upon itself to be totally corrupt and biased and ban all Indian comments on certain sections, ”

    You are ungrateful. Et is totally for indians, our comments are always censored and they publish agenda articles. Hamaray akhbar bhi hamaray nahi hotay. Akhbar bhi sold out hain aur zameer bhi.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 16, 2015 - 6:42AM

    He has very dishonest looking eyes. Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 16, 2015 - 6:50AM

    Looks like Mr Abdulllah, characterized Pak-Aafganistan relations as a ‘peripherial matter’ as in a trivial matter. Recommend

  • Milind
    Mar 16, 2015 - 8:00AM

    @Salim Jan – “Brother Afghan,it was Pakistan and its citizens who warmly received the multitudes of refugees from Afghanistan and provided shelter”

    This is arrogance at its best… You interfere in another country, create mayhem there, provide refuge to the affected people in exchange for money/aid (fraction of which is used on these unfortunate people) and claim that to be a virtue?Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Mar 16, 2015 - 11:52AM

    @reality:
    One more Pakistani trying to swim upstream in the Denial river :)Recommend

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