First vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has joined the growing clamor against Pakistan for “not cooperating” with Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.
Gen. Dostum, who is currently spearheading the military operation against local and foreign insurgents in northern Faryab province, said Pakistan has not been honest with Afghanistan and the people of Afghanistan feel betrayed.
The outspoken general-turned-politician went on to suggest that the national unity government of Afghanistan must snap diplomatic ties with Islamabad.
“We should have a clear stance on our relations with Pakistan,” he said.
Gen. Dostum, who is known for his outspokenness, also emphasized the importance of staying united to foil the sinister plots of trouble-mongers and enemies of Afghanistan.
The outspoken general-turned-politician went on to suggest that the national unity government of Afghanistan must snap diplomatic ties with Islamabad
He also rubbished media reports that he has been creating illegal militia forces in northern Afghanistan to flush out insurgents, terming it “short-sightedness”.
The relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two estranged neighbors, have soured again since the deadly suicide bombings in Kabul earlier this month, which resulted in record number of civilian casualties.
Both President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah have castigated Islamabad for not doing enough to destroy militant sanctuaries in that country.
President Ghani reaffirmed that the attacks in Kabul marked a “turning point for Afghanistan” and the government of Afghanistan will not allow terrorists to destroy the country.
The government of Pakistan, he stressed, should have the same definition of terrorism for Afghanistan as it has for itself.
Dr. Abdullah also joined the chorus against Pakistani for its inability to destroy terror sanctuaries across the border and allowing terrorists to hold open meetings.
He said the Afghan government took many bold steps to improve ties with Pakistan over the past 10 months but the efforts were not reciprocated by Islamabad.
“Those who act against our people are financed there, armed there,” Dr. Abdullah said.
A high-level government delegation led by Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani visited Pakistan recently to raise concerns with political leadership of Pakistan.
In recent months, the cross-border shelling from Pakistan in eastern provinces of Kunar and Nangarhar has also intensified, resulting in many civilian casualties.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Pakistani envoy to Kabul many times to protest against the violation of Afghanistan territorial integrity.
Both President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah have castigated Islamabad for not doing enough to destroy militant sanctuaries in that country
Meanwhile, early on Friday, Gen. Dostum’s convoy came under attack in Faryab, local officials said.
Masoud Ahmad Masoud, a senior leader of Gen. Dostum’s Junbish Mili Party (JMP), confirmed the incident that took place in Qaisar district of the province.
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