Organisers of terrorist attacks still exist in Pakistan: Afghan president

Published: August 10, 2015
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A file photo of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Following the recent wave of attacks in Kabul that killed at least 56 people, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani claimed on Monday that the “organisers of terrorist attacks and terrorist centres still exist in Pakistan.”

“Pakistan still remains a breeding ground from where mercenaries send us messages of war,” President Ghani said at a press conference on Monday.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised me the enemies of Afghanistan would be the enemies of Pakistan. We want this commitment to be honoured,” Tolo TV quoted the president as saying.

The Afghan president said he spoke to PM Nawaz over phone on Sunday, who promised to chalk out a new anti-terror strategy in the coming weeks.

Read: Ghani, Nawaz discuss Afghan peace talks

“I have told the Pakistani prime minister and army chief that peace in Pakistan is impossible without peace in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that an Afghan delegation would travel to Pakistan on Thursday to “seriously” discuss the peace process.

“I told Pakistan to see terrorism in Afghanistan the same way it sees terrorism in Pakistan.”

Referring to his visit to Islamabad in November, Ghani said he told Pakistani leaders peace had two aspects: “peace with Pakistan and with the Taliban.”

At least five people were killed on Monday when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul’s international airport.

The attack follows a barrage of deadly bombings in the Afghan capital on Friday, which struck close to an army complex, a police academy and a US special forces base and killed at least 51 people.

Read: 51 dead, hundreds wounded in lethal wave of Kabul bombings

The development comes a day after premier Nawaz appreciated the Ghani administration’s approach towards Pakistan during the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

Ghani had telephoned Nawaz to discuss possible resumption of peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban.

Nawaz had also expressed sorrow over recent blasts in Afghanistan, and conveyed his condolences over the loss of lives.

According to sources, both the leaders had agreed that the second round of talks should start as soon as possible.

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Reader Comments (45)

  • Pakistani
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Yes as pronuncing RAW was too difficult for u Mr puppet president. Plus if u are that loyal to RAW & India, return our national Id car please. U will get Indian citizenship from India anyway.Recommend

  • umair
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Where are my unemployed trolling Pakistani friends now? Your so called “best buddy” has labeled you a terror state, I guess Modi bought the new Afghan regime with his mighty money power yet again. No place to hide my dear crumbling Pkaistan.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:39PM

    Watch this space for Pakistanis in deep denial.Recommend

  • sabi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:40PM

    This is diplomatic failure for Pakistan. Are we going to hide behind lame excuses Ghani is also an Indian agent like Karzai?
    No one is going to buy our nonsense. We need to stop sponsoring cross border terror across all our borders. Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:42PM

    In the words of legendary Amitabh Bachchan, “LO UB KAR LO BAAT PAKISTANIO”Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:49PM

    Afghanistan President to Pakistani PM and COAS, ““I told Pakistan to see terrorism in Afghanistan the same way it sees terrorism in Pakistan.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Modi and previous PM of India has been drilling the same message to Pakistan PMs since 1987 when they got their Islamic bum fully assembled to enable and embolden them to start terrorism in Kashmir. This covers all neighbors that cover almost 75% of Pakistan borders. Iran is not behind in accusing Pakistan.Recommend

  • Haroon
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:59PM

    Ghani sahab, please think about mullah fazlullah who is hiding in Kunar province of Afghanistan. He has caused a lot of terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Prakash
    Aug 10, 2015 - 7:05PM

    As somebody said before, the cancer is in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Joe
    Aug 10, 2015 - 7:19PM

    Afghans are thankless, Indians are obsessed and Jews are evil. Only Pakistanis are pious and they need a Mard-e-Momin. Recommend

  • Asad
    Aug 10, 2015 - 7:20PM

    Meanwhile, TTP leadership flourishes in Afghanistan…Recommend

  • nabidad
    Aug 10, 2015 - 7:36PM

    Mr. Ghani you should stop talking Indian language, you will not get any positive outcome from this nonsense.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:05PM

    If anyone speaks against pakistani establishment then he/she must be a raw agent. That is the mentality of Pakistan. Pakistan is not ready to accept that there are some elements exist in Pakistan which are harming neighbours. Recommend

  • Pakhtoon zalmi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:18PM

    I don’t understand why we are still hosting more than 2 millions animals in Pakistan?
    Also this puppet should immediately return our ID card. Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 8:20PM

    Like the world would trust this stupid president who salutes Pakistan and the other day he is blaming Pakistan… script written by RAW, script approved by NDS and the character is Asraf Ghani.Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 8:22PM

    As Afghanistan claims Mullah Omar is dead..
    .now Afghanistan should give mullah fazalullah to Pakistan…rather I would say Pakistan should kill fazalullah Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 8:31PM

    Leaders should evolve. He started out with a hand of friendship to Pakistan, ignoring advice from elements from the previous regime. They told him Pakistan is supporting the Taliban against Afghan interests. He thought, rightfully, he has to give peace a chance.

    But, things didn’t work out. He is still holding his hands up for an embrace, but I think he is beginning to realize why the previous regime behaved the way it did.

    In my personal opinion, peace in Muslim lands is hard without absolute Sharia in place, which is a grave Humanitarian loss. Taliban, being an ideological group, will not give this up. They have to be defeated. For this, Pakistan has to deny them safe havens. And, this is not going to happen easily.

    I think Afghanistan should allow TTP safe havens in Afghanistan, with a condition to not to attack Afghanistan or its interests. This would allow it to get into a position to negotiate.

    Yes, it could backfire, but they are not doing well now, anyway. Recommend

  • Cruiser
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:03PM

    Mr. Ghani what was the need of going to town about mulla Omar’ death. You are not serious about peace,but playing to gallery and are being held to ransom by NDS. clean up your houseRecommend

  • Sad but true
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:15PM

    Yesterday Ghani was a friend of Pakistan. One wrong (right) statement against Pakistan makes him an Indian puppet. A qawali of denials starts.Recommend

  • sabi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:19PM

    (@sabi):
    “This is diplomatic failure for Pakistan. Are we going to hide behind.
    Don’t use my moniker to destroy the debates you spoiler. Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:29PM

    @Pakistani:
    They are afghans, they only know one way and that is to cheat, lie, betray and be two faced and never be sincere to their saviors, This son of dog was given refuge in Pakistan when he ran from his country… he was given all facilities of life, of course, free of cost.. and now see.. what true afghan he is.. exactly as Zaheeruddin Babur wrote about 1000 years ago in Tuzk-e-Babri .. that awwal Afghan, doyem Kabbo and soyem badzaat Kashmiri.. these are the three who are the most untrustworthy people in the region. So, what else is new..?? He has proved like Karzai, a true son of a khanzeer; Recommend

  • Ravi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:33PM

    Pakistan playing the same double game it did in 1990s. Aiming for strategic depth will spell doomsday for Pakistan.Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:36PM

    Of all the opium Afghanistan produces, atleast some part of it is smoked by people in Afghan presidency..
    The whole world agrees that Zarbe Azb has rooted out “all” terrorists from Pakistan. Be it waziristan or urban Pakistan. From United States to Russia think tanks and government officials accept it. We have killed or pushed these elements back into Afghanistan where they came from. Its now totally up to you Mr. President how to handle it. If decades of trainings and investment by the west has resulted in a failed demoralized army known today as the Afghan Army then its not our fault. The world knew Taliban would emerge back after nato and allies leave. Face the music and dont blame out like karzai. Recommend

  • kanishka
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:47PM

    Pakistan does not want to get rid of ALL snakes. Still wants to play a role of Madaari in the neighborhood with bad terrorists hidden, armed and protected by the deep state as state policy to pressurize neighborhood for favorable results.Recommend

  • بشرمل له افغانستان څخه
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:55PM

    With all due respect, if someone is talking in Pakistan about science, eradication of superstitions, contemporary sciences, and talks against fundamentalism, extremism, religious bigotry, and in the favor of peace, humanity, love and stable economy then he is mental, puppet and RAW spy

    BUT

    If someone is talking against NATO, UN, Humanity and Afghanistan as well as India then he is hero same like Mullah Sirajullhaq

    I wish common sense to all creams of society as they think so!Recommend

  • Last Word
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:21PM

    @sabi:
    My salute to you from across the border for penning the truth, may your tribe increase in Pakistan. Those who dictate this misplaced policy in Pakistan are the sole beneficiaries but rest of Pakistanis are suffering from insecurity, failing economy and country is getting isolated each passing day. If this self-destructive policy is not abandoned soon, confrontation with neighbours is a distinct possibility. Recommend

  • Vicky
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:55PM

    “Truth has been spoken”….
    so Mr ghani has realized the real villain :)Recommend

  • Last Word
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:57PM

    Pakistanis should remember that Ghani had refused to tow his predecessor line and put all the eggs in Pakistan’s basket sidelining both India and Iran. The Afghan President had totally entrusted Pakistan to bring peace in his country which completely changed in the past two weeks. Afghanistan has its own intelligence which must have got verifiable evidence to suggest that attacks were carried out by Taliban with the active assistance of Pakistan otherwise such serious allegation would not have been made. Only a few days back, India made similar accusations against Pakistan of cross-border terrorism in Punjab and Kashmir and caught one Pak terrorist alive but Pakistan denied both in its customary style as false allegations. The whole world is aware of Pakistan’s policy of using proxies against its neighbours but country remains in continuous denial mode and rejects evidence produced as insufficient. How long will this continue as the whole region is being destabalised with sponsored terrorism coming from a single country ? Recommend

  • khan
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:03PM

    Mr. Ghani is under pressured by NDS elements that is way Mr Ghani is deteriorating the peace process. Mr. Ghani’s cabinet must understand that enemy of Aghanistan and Pakistan can not be differentiated.Recommend

  • Liaqat Hussain
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:06PM

    Mr. Ghani is under pressured by NDS elements that is way Mr Ghani is deteriorating the peace process. Mr. Ghani’s cabinet must understand that enemy of Aghanistan and Pakistan can not be differentiated and are the same. Peace in Afghanistan mean the peace in Pakistan. Unnecessary comments will leads the issues in different directions.Recommend

  • Dan
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:28PM

    It took you more than a year to find out true colors of Pakistan Mr. President. Nevertheless, atleast you understood. A change of GOOD is always welcome. Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2015 - 11:46PM

    Lol how funny….hamid karzai was at the front line to support Afghan Taliban after coming back from India….. it is RAW whos funding the splintered groups of Afghan Taliban to carry attacks on Afghanistan … it’s funny how these Afghan people blame Pakistan for their own mistakes…. first make awrong wrong decision and when you fail just blame others to pull out your frustration. Keep it up ashraf ghani. !Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 11, 2015 - 12:10AM

    Your intel agency is controlled by RAW, you do not have control of your country’s army (which is factional), there is rampant corruption, you are facing an indignious resistance because you are viewed as a supporter of foreign forces.

    Blaming Pakistan is easy, but you need to address these issues.

    We wish Afghanistan well.Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Aug 11, 2015 - 12:26AM

    Mr. Ghani said:

    ““I told Pakistan to see terrorism in Afghanistan the same way it sees terrorism in Pakistan.””

    Apparently, Mr. Ghani hasn’t yet learned that terrorism in Afghanistan is considered “good” terrorism by Pakistan.Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 11, 2015 - 12:30AM

    Its in Afghans’ DNA. Let them fight and kill each other. Secure the border and kill the transit trade. That’s the only choice. We’ve already suffered a lot for this thankless lot.Recommend

  • Vijaykumar Padiyachi
    Aug 11, 2015 - 1:15AM

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised me the enemies of Afghanistan would be the enemies of Pakistan.

    Actually he meant Enemy of Pakistan should be enmey of Afghanistan.. Not friendRecommend

  • Jag Nathan
    Aug 11, 2015 - 2:39AM

    So at last we now know Ghani is no different from Karzai. They don’t want play vassals to the mandarins in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Any surprises here? The strategic thinkers forgot the history of the proud nation of Pathans.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 11, 2015 - 3:54AM

    Mr. President Ghani, now you are speck Indian lang. You spy and raw don’t want peace in AfghanistanRecommend

  • Haider
    Aug 11, 2015 - 4:09AM

    @Malatesh
    He didnt say anything about establishment..He said some attackers in Pakistan…. Pakistan is already committed for eradicating terrorism
    There are many evidences which prove Raw involvement in Pakistan.. Many books have been written as well on itRecommend

  • Anon
    Aug 11, 2015 - 5:22AM

    ‘Pakistan still remains a breeding ground from where mercenaries send us messages of war’ says the head of the country which does not rule over his lands. Taliban do not need Pakistan they have Afghanistan Recommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Aug 11, 2015 - 6:45AM

    @Sami Shahid: You need to wait till Mullah Fazalullah dies.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Aug 11, 2015 - 8:01AM

    Nothing will change in Afghanistan. India will always dominate Afghanistan. There will be temporary gestures of friendship with pakistan. But nothing will change.Recommend

  • Marco
    Aug 11, 2015 - 8:34AM

    @nabidad: Currently this is the language of the world, but again who can help those who have blind at heart.Recommend

  • Amandeep Singh
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:49AM

    Afghanistan is lying….India is lying….Iran is lying…USA is lying….UN is lying….whole world is lying….only Pakistan is speaking truth, that there are no terrorists exist in PakistanRecommend

  • samir
    Aug 11, 2015 - 10:45AM

    @BruteForce: Afghanistan and India have already killed pakistani school children through TTP. The question for Afghanistan is, does it want to side with India which will only let into further chaos? Recommend

  • samir
    Aug 11, 2015 - 10:51AM

    I have never seen an intelligence agency like NDS who can only bring instability to its own country. They do not have the capacity to fight Taliban, there is no alternate solution other than talks… and yet they want to blame another country instead of speaking to Taliban??

    Its like.. Taliban I know you are good guys so we wont blame you, lets blame Pakistan. Recommend

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