Pakistan expresses concerns over Afghan president’s remarks
Pakistan on Monday conveyed serious concerns to Afghanistan for its “irresponsible statements and baseless allegations” regarding Pakistan’s relationship with the Afghan Taliban.
According to the Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, Pakistan has conveyed its serious concerns to the Afghan side by making a strong demarche with the Ambassador of Afghanistan in Islamabad.
“Pakistan has emphasised that groundless accusations erode trust and vitiate the environment between the two brotherly countries and disregard constructive role being played by Pakistan in facilitating the Afghan peace process,” the FO spokesperson added.
Earlier, in an interview to Germen media, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani alleged that Pakistan “operates an organized system of support” for the Taliban who also “receive logistics” from Pakistan.
“The names of the various decision-making bodies of the Taliban are Quetta Shura, Miramshah Shura and Peshawar Shura — named after the Pakistani cities where they are located. There is a deep relationship with the state,” the president claimed.
Ghani also asked Europeans countries to get Pakistan on board in this regard.
Moreover, the FO spokesperson has urged Afghan government to effectively utilise available forums, like the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity, to address all bilateral issues.
However, in his visit to Afghanistan last week, Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured the Afghan leadership of Pakistan’s support for “inclusive power-sharing arrangement” and “elections as a right of Afghans to self-determination”.
Gen Bajwa was accompanied by UK Chief of Defence Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter and Director General of the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed.