Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani attacked Pakistan by stating that ‘violence’ was used against peaceful protesters and civil activists in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The ties between Islamabad and Kabul remain frosty as Afghanistan has consistently blamed Pakistan for supporting and harbouring terrorists.
In a harsh reply to Ghani’s tweet, Qureshi termed the “irresponsible statements” a “gross interference” on the Afghan president’s part. The foreign minister reminded the Afghan leadership “to focus on long-standing serious grievances of the Afghan people.”
We reject the tweet by President Ashraf Ghani. Such irresponsible statements are only gross interference. Afghan leadership needs to focus on long-standing serious grievances of the Afghan people.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) February 7, 2019
Earlier today, Ghani took to Twitter to express concerns over the recent crackdown against protesters staging demonstration against the killing of Arman Loni. “The Afghan government has serious concerns about the violence perpetrated against peaceful protestors and civil activists in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan,” he said.
“We believe it is the moral responsibility of every government to support civil activities that take a stand against the terrorism and extremism that plagues and threatens our region and collective security.”
The Afghan president warned of “long-standing negative consequences.” The Afghan president’s tweet also drew a strong reaction from former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar. “Baloch, Pashtun, Saraiki, Punjabi & Sindhi are Pakistanis and we certainly need to fix many things but am sure you know that your comments can only worsen situation not help it.
We believe it is the moral responsibility of every government to support civil activities that take a stand against the terrorism and extremism that plagues and threatens our region and collective security. Otherwise there could be long-standing negative consequences.
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) February 7, 2019
I am quite sure as President of Afghanistan it must never be your intention to worsen a situation in Pakistan. We will all be well served to ‘concern’ ourselves with matters within our own borders. Our people will also be better served if we concentrate on fixing wrongs within our borders.”
More News at EurAsian Times
- Indian Military Base in Vietnam To Protect Hanoi’s Territorial Interest
- Indian Military Base in Sabang can Strangle China at the Strait of Malacca
- Saudi Money, US Weapons, Israeli Intelligence Fuelling Arab NATO – Iran
- Will Ayni Airbase in Tajikistan Become India’s 1st Overseas Military Base?
- Indonesia Opens Another Military Base at Natuna Islands To Counter Aggressive China