Pakistan, Afghanistan ties are at the lowest ebb as President Ashraf Ghani made a scathing attack on Islamabad, saying Afghanistan is suffering an “undeclared war of aggression from Pakistan” at the Kabul Process conference.
Kabul Process Conference is the initiative taken by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani under pressure from US to sideline Russia’s influence in the region. It assumes much significance as this time the U.S. is attending the conference, which has been abstaining the Russian conferences on Afghan-Taliban reconciliation process. Ashraf Ghani’s administration is facing a daunting challenge to stabilise the country in the face of growing threats posed by the Afghan Taliban as well as ISIS.
However on the issue of Pakistan, he said Afghanistan is suffering an “undeclared war of aggression from Pakistan”. He said Taliban sponsored terrorism is creating a platform that is bringing terrorists from all over the region to Afghanistan.
Ghani asked Pakistani representatives: “What will it take to convince Pakistan that a stable Afghanistan helps them and helps our region?”“ Our problem, our challenge, is that we cannot figure out what it is that Pakistan wants.”
On the issue of Taliban, Ghani said if the group is prepared to join peace negotiations, he will allow them to open an office. However, this was their last chance, Ghani said.
Ghani said,” Afghanistan was on the frontline of terrorism in the world and his government was committed to fighting terrorism but that it wants to build strong political and economic ties with all neighboring countries.
Senior Pakistan foreign ministry officials: Additional Secretary Tasnim Aslam and the director general Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia at the Foreign Office are attending the Conference. Kabul Process’, aimed at finding a political solution to the lingering conflict in Afghanistan.
Ghani pointed out to delegates attending the meeting that 75,000 Afghans were killed or wounded in 2015 and 2016. He also said that in the past two years, 11,000 foreign fighters have come in to Afghanistan to fight for Daesh.Delegates from 23 nations and the European Union, the United Nations and NATO are attending the two day meeting to discuss the current Afghan situation.
Meanwhile,the Ministry of Interior said the ongoing investigations into the June 1, 2017 deadly truck bombing near Kabul’s Zanbaq Square pointed to the fact that Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence supplied explosives to the Haqqani network, and the material used was highly flammable.
“Pakistan is the key planner of this incident like in the past, but our security team is investigating the incident and these investigations have not been completed,”Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish said
According to the MoI, Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) supplied the Haqqani network with explosives to conduct the bombing in Kabul that killed over 100 people.
“Pakistan is the key planner of this incident like in the past, but our security team is investigating the incident and these investigations have not been completed,” said MoI spokesman Najib Danish.