Ghani’s allegations: Pakistan reiterates commitment to peace in Afghanistan

Foreign Office says that Pakistan was extending its full cooperation to Afghanistan to combat terrorism

Web Desk August 10, 2015
Asks Afghanistan to realise that Pakistan itself is the biggest victim of terrorism. PHOTO: PID/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Responding to allegations by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani about terrorists’ centres, Pakistan reiterated that it was committed to fighting terrorism, adding that it backed an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

In a statement issued on Monday evening, the ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said it has taken note of the press conference in Kabul and its contents relating to Pakistan.

“Having been the biggest victim of terrorism itself with human losses exceeding 60,000, the people and the government of Pakistan can feel the pain and anguish of the people and the government of Afghanistan over the recent wave of terrorist attacks, which have resulted in the loss of many valuable lives and injuries to scores of people.”

Read: Organisers of terrorist attacks still exist in Pakistan: Afghan president

It pointed to its earlier statements where Pakistan had condemned the deadly attacks in Afghanistan. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Afghan brethren in their hour of grief.”

"Terrorism is our common enemy and requires cooperative approach to combat this menace."

The statement referred to the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Kabul on May 12, 2015, where he had reiterated that Pakistan "considers enemies of Afghanistan its own enemies," adding that Pakistan was extending its fullest cooperation in combating terrorism.

The statement added that that Pakistan remains committed to supporting and facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Read: Taliban bombing kills up to 29 in northern Afghanistan

The statement came after the Afghan president, while reacting to the recent wave of terror attacks in Kabul that killed 56 people and left over 200 people injured, 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,” he alleged while addressing a press conference.

“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.

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Rabia | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Constructive engagements and dialouge process is necessary to make peace in Afghanistan. Prez Ghani should be positive in his approach for peace. Pakistan always emphasised in the need for continuous regional and international engagement with the neighbouring country in meeting the challenges of peace, security and economic development.
Ibrar | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Kanishka: Afghan president, understandably, must be under great pressure given the latest run of some terrible bombing. Sadly these blasts have continued over the decades, never completely stopping, and even the coilition forces were not able to bring them to end, in fact they were more frequent during full deployment of NATO forces. Very often Pakistan was made a scapegoat and blamed for protecting good Taleban and helping them with arms and ammunition. Yet when the coilition forces started pulling out they chose Pakistan to get involved as a peace mediator, leaving India with no immediate role. India must have had a sigh of relief though because it was in know position or capacity to do what was required. India' agenda is to destabilise Pakistan from Afghan side rather than any serious interest in peace. The task in Afghanistan is huge already resulting in virtual failure of major world powers to achieve any lasting peace. The reason is that a major part of Afghanistan is still under influence of well armed and resourced with vast areas as safe havens with in Afghanistan. Blaming Pakistan will not alter anything and the focus should be to understand the more recent changes. Following declaration of Mullah Omer's death the issue of new leadership will almost certainly bring some new challenges and disruption at least in the short term when renewed bombing as means of power projection will not be at all surprising. Sadly more violence could be in the pipeline before matters start improving. President Ghani's reason behind the expression of his concern about Pakistan not honouring its promise to punish Pak based Afghan Taleban is understandable given the pressure from pro Abdullah Abdullah lobby with in his government. India, although marginalised, too will continue to act as a spoiler but will remain an impotent party, being no more than a sitting duck but always waiting for an opportunity to run its own agenda. Pakistan must not feel discouraged by what Afghans or Taleban are saying or doing and must sincerely and tactfully continue doing a good job. With support from the U.S. and China and others it is the only country best placed to bring eventual peace to the long suffering region.
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