Recent remarks by Pakistan ambassador to Kabul and the country’s spokesperson for armed forces have faced with serious reaction of Afghanistan government.
In reaction to the assertions of Pakistan ambassador to Kabul, a spokesperson to High Peace Council (HPC) Sayed Ihsan Tahiri said: “As a spokesperson of HPC, I’m asking all countries in particular neighbors not to see the ongoing war in Afghanistan as benefit of their country, instead all countries can change Afghanistan peace for their benefit.”
There is now world and regional consensus for peace in Afghanistan as all countries have pledged that they will fully support the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process and won’t relate their political problems to Afghanistan peace.
It is worth mentioning that Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan in his recent remark said that further escalation of tension between India and Pakistan could have serious implications on the stability of the entire region, including Afghanistan.
“Since the development is so momentous that it can affect the stability of the entire region,” said the Pakistani envoy in response to a question about the ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan will retaliate against any military hostility by the Indians, he said as leaders from the two nuclear-armed neighbors lashed out at each other following last week’s suicide bombing that hit a convoy of India forces in Kashmir.
Pakistani envoy also dismissed the prospect of a meeting between the Taliban and Pakistani leader Imran Khan, saying Pakistan has always supported the Afghan peace process.
Soon after the remarks of Pakistani ambassador to Kabul, Afghanistan ministry of foreign affairs summoned the ambassador and shared Afghanistan’s concern in this regard with him.
MoFA said the ambassador’s comments were irrelevant and in contradiction with Pakistan’s commitments with regards to peace in Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday rejected recent remarks by Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan that ‘Afghanistan peace talks would be affected if India resorts to violence against Pakistan in response to last week’s attack in Kashmir’.
MoFA said that Pakistan should act on its commitments with regards to realizing peace in Afghanistan instead of making irrelevant comments.
“Ministry of Foreign Affairs deems the recent remarks of the Pakistani Ambassador, that ‘Afghanistan peace talks would be affected if India resort to violence against Pakistan in response to the last week’s attack in Kashmir’ as irrelevant and in contradiction with Pakistan’s commitments with regards to realizing peace in Afghanistan,” MoFA said in a statement last Wednesday.
“The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has always wanted a reduction in any tension in the region, and the differences to be resolved through dialogue and peaceful means. The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again calls on Pakistan to act upon its commitments with regards to Afghanistan, particularly in relation to peace and refrain from making irrelevant statements that do not help solve any problem,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson to Afghanistan presidential office HaroonChakhansuri has asserted that Pakistan officials should practically take action against rooting out terrorist groups in their country instead irrelevant remarks.
Pakistan officials know that the issue of Afghanistan peace is significant for US; therefore, they make use of the issue as somehow pressure so that US stands beside Pakistan for resolving Kashmir problems with India.
All these changes, positions and reactions show that peace and war of Afghanistan have changed to a perplexed essence and issue.
Nevertheless, the people of Afghanistan hope the government won’t let the country’s interests and national security to be threatened in the region.