Pakistan does not ‘cooperate in anti-terrorism activities’, claims Abdullah Abdullah

Published: August 11, 2015
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A file photo of Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah Abdullah. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah Abdullah. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A day after President Ashraf Ghani claimed the organisers of terrorist attacks and terrorist centres still exist in Pakistan, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah has claimed Pakistan does not cooperate in anti-terrorism campaign with Kabul.

“In regards to Pakistan… in spite of our people’s scepticism, we took bold steps to improve relations, but unfortunately, Pakistan did not cooperate in anti-terrorism activities over the past 10 months as we expected,” Dr Abdullah said at a council meeting of ministers on Tuesday.

“They (Pakistan) issued good statements, but those who commit crimes against our people are financed and armed there,” Abdullah’s office quoted him as saying. “They kept Mullah Omar’s death a secret for two years, and then openly held new leadership meetings in order to restore their identity under the leadership of a new criminal, to gain legitimacy and continue their carnage.”

Despite the allegations, Pakistan had assured on Tuesday it considered Afghanistan’s enemies its own, extending full cooperation to the country in combating terrorism.

“Terrorism is our common enemy and requires cooperative approach to combat this menace,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said.

Read: ‘Organisers of terrorist attacks still exist in Pakistan’

“We were told Afghanistan’s enemy is Pakistan’s enemy. What kind of enemy of Pakistan is this? They kill people here and move around freely there?,” Dr Abdullah questioned in the statement, which was emailed to The Express Tribune, and its excerpts were also released to local media.

Referring to the recent wave of attacks in Kabul and parts of Afghanistan, which killed nearly 70 people over the past few days, the Afghan leader said, “We know who is behind these atrocities, those who plan such attacks are outside the country. Those who take responsibility for these crimes are in Pakistan.”

He admitted the Taliban emerged stronger over the past 10 months as no action had been taken against them.

“Not only has no change been detected in the military machinery of the Taliban over the last 10 months, but it has in fact become stronger… because they don’t feel any pressure, and they are armed and financed, and resort to unfettered mobility.”

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

As terrorists take responsibility after broad daylight attacks on Afghan soil, no limitations have been imposed on their activities and they continue their shameless attacks, Dr Abdullah said, calling for a review of peace talks with the Taliban following the attacks in Kabul.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif 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.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Hamza
    Aug 11, 2015 - 6:15PM

    Mr Abdullah, please get rid of your corrupt politicians, ruthless warlords that you support everyday. Then we can talk about getting stronger.Recommend

  • Emad
    Aug 11, 2015 - 6:16PM

    Our will to cooperate should not be taken as our weakness, we know very well where mullah fazlullah hides and where the TTP gets their resources from. For a government which doesnt even have control over 3/4 of it’s territory and it’s biggest export is opium you have some nerve whipping out accusations like thatRecommend

  • citizen26
    Aug 11, 2015 - 6:29PM

    LOLZ – Mr Abdullah why don’t you ask NATO to provide security, more training of armed forces to combat Talibans. If US and NATO couldn’t control the violence then how do you expect Pakistan to do? It is better to acknowledge mistakes and to learn from than rather than blaming others especially your neighbours.Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Aug 11, 2015 - 6:57PM

    Mr. Abdullah, At least Pakistan has never been ruled by Taliban and Since you guys are incapable of stopping terrorism you might as well be ruled by them. Blaming Pakistan is not going to cure your terrorist problemRecommend

  • Asif Maalik
    Aug 11, 2015 - 7:26PM

    We should take Afghan leadership’s grievances seriously. Unfortunately our track-record was greedy. When will we really get rid of so called assets? I think we should bury the strategic depth policy that was adapted by Zia administration and move forward to a real commitment for not allowing any non-state actors to penetrate into our soil. On the other hand, Afghanistan’s allegations prove the failure of our foreign policy in the context of India’s efforts for keeping us out of the game. Recommend

  • Neutral
    Aug 11, 2015 - 7:27PM

    This guy is an indian symathiser and is on their payroll so what else can one expect from him! ?Recommend

  • Tepper
    Aug 11, 2015 - 7:36PM

    I don’t think there would be peace in the region until the army in Pakistan keeps calling the shots on matters of foreign policy and defence. Pakistan is inching closer to a situation where the world will have to chose between the 2 intangible things : Peace or existence of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 11, 2015 - 8:20PM

    You do not have a functioning army, most of the billlions pumped in by western donors is sitting your politicians bank accounts outside Afghanistan, your intel agency is run by RAW for the benefit of India

    3m Afghans are seeking shelter in Pakistan

    You are trying to cover your incompetance by blaming Pakistan a la Mayor of Kabul Karzai style

    You need to put your house in order Mr AbdullahRecommend

  • GS@Y
    Aug 11, 2015 - 8:31PM

    Does he want to resolve the political problems in Afghanistan, bring the Taliban and other disaffected factions on board, and pacify his country; or does he want to just keep hurling abuses back and forth for another ten years?Recommend

  • Imran
    Aug 11, 2015 - 8:42PM

    The first and most important thing to do is to send back every afghani to afghanistan. i do not care if he was born in pakistan or brazil. if he is afghani, he should go back to afghanistan. afghanis are drain on pakistani resources then i will ask mr. abdullah about terrorism. their country men are the biggest terrorist when afghanistan will turn into 1 century country because of their innocent civilian.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Aug 11, 2015 - 8:43PM

    Pakistan must change its mindset of exporting terror across its borders which is acting as the biggest road block in improving relations with its neighbours as well as threatening stability of the whole region.Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:23PM

    @Tepper:
    Pakistan’s existence is prime and will be at any cost, even if it means no peace with Hindus-tan.. so Pakistanis, be ready for the future and prepare yourself to do what is necessary, and whatever it takes, to kill and exterminate the enemy.. they are nothing and these vermin .. RATS of BHA-RAT will be and shall be exterminated. Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:26PM

    @Last Word:
    Fully agree with you.. and lets start with your HINDUS-tan.. Change yourself and set example for others to follow.. as of now, what you are doing, others are doing too.. So, its time for you Hindus-tanis to change your habits, actions, beliefs and demeanor.. the sooner the better for you, as if not, time is so near, for you to look for at least 13 states with their own constitutions and prime ministers.. in your so called Hindus-tan. Relax and enjoy the show.. it is coming, its the best in town and you will really enjoy running.. Recommend

  • From Mars
    Aug 11, 2015 - 9:34PM

    The border along Afghanistan where Fazl ullah is hiding, still has the factories of bombs and training camps. From our side the army has dislodged them and all the terrorists have crossed the border. If Afghanistan can take care of that strip of land then the menace of terrorism can be dealt with. Pakistan and NATO can assist Ghani in that.Recommend

  • Azi
    Aug 12, 2015 - 1:23AM

    Pakistan did rescue their soldiers when they asked, no mention of that. And you know what, Pakistan has similar complain towards you. Do us a huge favor, recall the millions of thankless refugees stationed in Pak if you are concerned about Pakistan not co-operating.Recommend

  • sabi
    Aug 12, 2015 - 1:34AM

    Mr Abdullah:
    We Pakistanis believe that good Taliban is a dead Taliban and we continue to press our government to eliminate the Taliban sanctuaries inside Afghanistan.the way Pakistan army has done it inside Pakistan.Mr Abdullah to do so we need your willingness and permission to allow Pakistani boots on your territory.If not today tomorrow you must be considering this option. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 12, 2015 - 3:19AM

    Abdullall Abdullah is a commission agent of Indian, he speck Indian lang.
    All is your failure don’t blame us
    Since you can’t control your own country, without any prove don’t blame us, we know you politician and warlordRecommend

  • curious2
    Aug 12, 2015 - 3:37AM

    Anyone care to explain why Afghanistan would pick a fight without cause against Pakistan? Like most I don’t have the necessary facts … but given history I suspect Afghanistan has reasonable cause to express their displeasure.Recommend

  • Sacred
    Aug 12, 2015 - 3:47AM

    Pakistan has been sheltering and give aid to Afghans for the past 30 years. And if it wasn’t for us, they would still be speaking Russian. It is time we deport all Afghans from Pakistan, and never let them back!Recommend

  • Sayed
    Aug 12, 2015 - 5:02AM

    How about Mr Abdullah step out of Kabul and give the same statement. The incident is unfortunate and my heart goes out for the victims but at some point Afghan’s politicians have to take responsibility for thier country and be accountable for the millions of dollars in fundings to improve security apparatus at home.Recommend

  • Aug 12, 2015 - 6:23AM

    Nothing new here. Pakistani Military and Mullahs specialize in Terrorism.Recommend

  • Aug 12, 2015 - 6:25AM

    @From Mars:
    Stay in Mars. Don’t try coming back.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 12, 2015 - 7:44AM

    Hmm, looks like mentioning that Pakistan wants to retain its Good Taliban assets that have been destabilizing Afghanistan over the last dozen years won’t pass ET’s ISI moderators!
    After all, the world knows all about Pakistan’s duplicity in this matter!Recommend

  • Last Word
    Aug 12, 2015 - 3:09PM

    Time has come for India, Afghanistan and Iran to make a joint front and teach Pakistan a lesson.Recommend

  • question
    Aug 12, 2015 - 11:50PM

    I have a hypothetical question:

    Say if there was no India or Afghanistan as neighboring countries. Let’s also assume that Pakistan in its current state does not have conflicts, what would we work on? What would we focus on.

    Let’s say we end up with (1) employment, (2) transportation and road systems.

    I would hope that we should work on this anyway. Assume the external conflicts don’t exist. If we invest time and resources on the real priorities, it would make us better. Recommend

  • Strategic Asset
    Aug 13, 2015 - 1:48PM

    @Sacred: You firstly burn your neighbour’s house and then you give them a room and make them work as servants. After all that, you expect your neighbour to be grateful to you?Recommend

  • MJ
    Aug 13, 2015 - 8:38PM

    Asking for cooperation when your government isinstrumental in the operation of twenty plus Indian embassies/consulates and “cultural centers” not too far from Pakistani border where all the bombings and terrorism in Pakistan is planned, recruited and financed is a little wishful Mr. (Abduallah)^2.Recommend

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