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.
“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.
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.