Islamabad says Afghan leaders blame Pakistan for all failures in Afghanistan


ISLAMABAD (TCA) — Pakistan has reacted towards Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s remarks at the NATO Warsaw summit in Poland where he raised concerns regarding the distinction between good and bad terrorists, Khaama Press reported on July 10.

The country’s Foreign Office in a statement said “Since we have a genuine interest in seeing peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan would continue to make every effort to help bring peace in Afghanistan.”

The statement further added that it was “unfortunate that Afghan leaders continue to make hostile statements against Pakistan and blame Pakistan for all failures in Afghanistan.”

During his speech at the Warsaw summit in Poland, President Ghani said Pakistan continues to maintain distinction between good and bad terrorists.

“Our regional initiatives with neighbors are beginning to yield significant cooperative dividends. The exception is with Pakistan–despite clear commitments to a quadrilateral peace process, their dangerous distinction between good and bad terrorists is being maintained in practice,” President Ghani said.

He said, “The key problem among our neighboring states is an absence of agreed rules of the game, thus we seek regional and global support in creating those rules, which will bind us to collective security and harmony.”

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for allowing the Afghan militant groups, specifically the Afghan Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network to use its soil from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

Both Taliban and Haqqani network are having leadership councils based in Quetta and Peshawar cities of Pakistan, according to Afghan officials.

Sergey Kwan