Afghanistan asks Pakistan to act against militants after talks

Published: September 6, 2015
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Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: FILE

Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: FILE

Afghanistan asked Pakistan to act against Afghan Taliban militants operating on its territory during weekend talks in Kabul, while Pakistan said the South Asian neighbours needed to build trust, officials said after the meetings.

The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001, has been gaining territory in its insurgency against the government led by President Ashraf Ghani. Afghanistan and Pakistan have long accused each other of sheltering Taliban fighters and other militants who conduct attacks inside their territory, charges both deny.

“We reiterate our position and state facts, asking Pakistan to take action against terrorist groups inside its territory that declare war against our people,” a spokesperson for the Afghan president’s office said in statement on Sunday.

Read: Pakistan says agrees with Afghanistan to stop blame game over attacks

Pakistan said after the meetings that both countries should work together to restore trust, and that an agreement had been reached to end a blame game over a spate of attacks.

“We will work on establishing a memorandum of trust building to avoid such a situation in the future,” Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on state television on Saturday about his meeting with Ghani.

Aziz visited the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday for a regional economic conference and also held meetings with the president, foreign minister and national security adviser.

Read: Pakistan reaffirms support for Afghanistan’s development

Ghani made closer ties with Pakistan a priority when he took office last year, hoping Islamabad could push Afghan Taliban leaders to the negotiating table to end Afghanistan’s long war.

Progress appeared to have been made in July after both governments said a peace process with the militants had restarted.

This was not confirmed by the insurgents however, and early meetings came to a halt after the Taliban’s leader Mullah Omar was revealed to have died.

Read: Sartaj Aziz to share ‘compelling’ data with Afghanistan

News of his death was followed by a wave of deadly attacks in Kabul that killed over 50 people and wounded hundreds more, prompting the Afghan president to lash out at Pakistan demanding it act against militants sheltering on its territory.

Aziz said the talks had produced an agreement to avoid any further breakdown in relations between the countries.

“The main thing that we both agreed upon was to restore trust, end the blame game against each other,” he said.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Babloo
    Sep 6, 2015 - 5:35PM

    Now Afganistan is saying to Pakistan : “Do more”.Recommend

  • curious2
    Sep 6, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Aziz says

    “The main thing that we both agreed
    upon was to restore trust, end the
    blame game against each other,”

    Afghanistan says

    “We reiterate our position and state
    facts, asking Pakistan to take action
    against terrorist groups inside its
    territory that declare war against our
    people,”

    What’s wrong with this picture?Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 6, 2015 - 7:05PM

    Then Afghanistan MUST stop using its territory by allowing non-muslim jahils RAW to cause terror in Pakistan. An Afghan friend of mine said to me that indians treat them pretty badly inside india.
    india only cause of making Afghans happy is simply to destabilize Pakistan and create unfriendly relationship between two Muslim nations. indians mentality is based on caste system which is also their useless tactics to develop differences among Muslims by dividing them. Sadly old tricks of india seems to be failing this time. After taking actions against MQM and blowing up talibans in Waziristan and bringing Afghans to peaceful talks. I feel like sooner or later modi govt. will try it’s another old trick, attack a place in their country to create tension so that Pakistan army stops actions against Taliban etc. Recommend

  • Raja
    Sep 6, 2015 - 7:08PM

    @curious2:

    One of them is lying, simpleRecommend

  • savvy
    Sep 6, 2015 - 8:18PM

    @point : Point 1: Muslim nations don’t need a third party to create tension , infact two muslim nations can create lot of tensions for all third parties.
    Point 2: All evidence of RAW activity in Pakistan goes like ” My Afghanistan friend told me ..blah blah .. ” . Go get some real intelligence facts before blabering.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 6, 2015 - 8:51PM

    How would we take any action when there is no border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Terrorists living both sides of so called border which is only on paper, pose as Traders, Preachers, Barati, Funeral participants go in and out without any question being asked. Anyone who enters Pakistan should be taken care off by Pakistani authorities and those who enter Afghanistan should be handled by Afghanistan. The first thing Afghanistan must do before making any demand is to recognize International border between two sovereign states, build hundreds of check posts and act like a sovereign nation. Asking Pakistan to do more is one of the most stupid demand which only fools hiding at secured fortresses hundreds of kilometers away from border would make.Recommend

  • Humza
    Sep 6, 2015 - 8:53PM

    @savvy: Ask former US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who said India uses Afghanistan as a base to cause cross border trouble in Pakistan. The world knows it!
    @Babloo: Pakistan should ask Afghanistan to take its refugees back, secure the border and stop interfering in Pakistan’s business by being a lackey of Indian designs. This is a two way street and Afghanistan must have learned by now that trying to cause trouble in Pakistan has only brought misery to Afghanistan’s people. The time for Afghan leaders is to focus on improving the lives of poor Afghans.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Sep 6, 2015 - 9:27PM

    @Humza:
    @savvy: Ask former US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who said India uses Afghanistan as a base to cause cross border trouble in Pakistan

    Read Chuck Hagel’s speech (when he was not defense secretary) again, he never said India is causing cross border problems for Pakistan. Just because you cannot read right doesn’t mean the world should accept it.Recommend

  • Quick question
    Sep 6, 2015 - 10:11PM

    Do you Pakistanis really think you intimidate Afghans? Do you know who these people are? They are the lions of humanity.

    You have two choices, peace for mutual prosperity or another eternal enemy.

    And if you thought the Indians were bad at holding a grudge you havent seen nothing.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 6, 2015 - 10:19PM

    @Point:
    “Afghan friend of mine said to me….”

    Afganis and pakistanis can never be a friend then how come you have afgan friend.Dont lie plz.Recommend

  • Saif
    Sep 6, 2015 - 11:37PM

    seems sartaz aziz’s lie was short lived…back to reality !Recommend

  • shank
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:03AM

    @ Humza just google Pakistan what the world thinks about? If you are so concerned about Chuck Hagel, why dont you talk about Hillary Clinton who came to Pakistan and talked about snakes to your face. You need to get real buddy, unfortunately you are in 1990s helping out the taliban or Haqqani’s now.Recommend

  • Late HG
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:55AM

    @Point:

    An Afghan friend of mine

    said to me that indians treat them
    pretty badly inside india.

    india only cause of making Afghans happy is simply to destabilize Pakistan and create unfriendly relationship between two Muslim nations.

    You are contradicting your own statement. Make up your mind which one is right.Recommend

  • observer
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:05AM

    @Humza:

    “Ask former US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who said India uses Afghanistan as a base to cause cross border trouble in Pakistan.”

    Chuck Hagle was merely relaying back what Pakistan had told him. It was not an independent view based on his own research. He was not the secretary of defense when he said that.

    Pakistani’s also quote Christine Fair who said similar thing that she later corrected saying she was basing her comment on what Pakistani army had told her. Recommend

  • Javaad Ali
    Sep 7, 2015 - 10:51AM

    Afghanistan should shut down the excessive number of Indian Consulates in in it’s territory that cause terrorism in Pakistan
    Pakistan should pressurize the Haqqani Group to stop attacks in Afghanistan and come to the peace table since terrorism is un-IslamicRecommend

  • Abdul Jabbar
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:58PM

    Pakistan asked the Afghan brothers to agree for a meeting date on trade and transport. Pakistan wanted transit facility for their good through Afghan to Central Asia. Afghan refused to give date they asked Pakistan for transit facility to them to India. Off-course Pakistan refuse. The meeting now deadlock. Pakistan want meetings benefit only for them.Recommend

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