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Mohib denies Pakistan cuts off relations with him

Mohib denies Pakistan cuts off relations with him

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30 May 2021 - 18:57
Mohib denies Pakistan cuts off relations with him
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30 May 2021 - 18:57

KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor (NSA) HamdullahMohib has rejected media reports about severing his relations with Pakistan and said the intra-Afghan peace negotiations were idle due to lack of Taliban’s interest.

A senior Pakistani official told media a few days ago that Islamabad would no longer keep bilateral engagements with Afghan NSA HamdullahMohib.

During his trip to Nangarhar province two weeks ago, Mohib in a speech criticized Pakistan and said the neighboring country had no ‘honor and pride’.

He had said that Pakistani ethnic groups including Pashtons and Baloch were unsatisfied with their government and that was the reason they had stood up to protect their rights.

Pakistani foreign minister on May 17 termed Mohib’s statements as irresponsible and said that such remarks would only damage trust between Islamabad and Kabul.

In a press conference here, Mohib said that reports about Pakistan cutting relations with him were baseless.

“Nothing has been told the Afghan government on this regard, we do not expect such an undiplomatic move from Pakistan, if it becomes official, the Afghan government would seek a diplomatic response,” he said.

However, he said, “Cutting relations with Pakistan would not affect us that much; because we already have no good relations. Instead of cutting relations with us, it would be better for Pakistan to cut its ties with terrorist groups.”

“Taliban’s relations with (terrorist groups) are obvious to the whole world, there are books written on this matter and the media is a witness. It is better for Pakistan to use its time on security instead of killing people’s personality…,” he added.

Mohib said, “Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan is not a secret, we want to solve this issue diplomatically, we want them (Taliban) to be honest in stopping the killing of Afghans, they always promise but they do not honor it, now we know who is behind this war.”

The NSA said the Afghan government was ready to join Turkey conference, but the Taliban refused to participate. “This group thinks that it can grab power by war.”

“Our negotiating team is in Doha, some of them are here, we support peace and negotiations, the Taliban and those who seek interests in war are on the side of war. Taliban are not prepared for negotiations, they know only war,” he said.

He said that peace negotiations were idle due to Taliban’s refusal to talk and due to their differences on power.

He said if the Taliban loved their country, they should not destroy it and come to negotiation table.

“All of us are ready for sacrifice, we want to discuss how to include the Taliban to the government and how we reach to peace, there is a consensus and a united view on peace,” he said.

When the Taliban capture an area, people leave that region and it means that the militants have no backing among people, he said.

Ahmad Zia Saraj, National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief who was also present in the conference, said that last week was deadliest for Taliban as 1,500 of the militants were killed during the period.

In response to a question, he said that investigation into the attack on SayedulShuhada School in the west of Kabul was underway and the perpetrators of the attack would be soon exposed.

Over 80 school students were killed and more than 150 others injured in explosions and a car bombing near the school in Kabul a few weeks ago.

“The enemy is also operating a propaganda war besides the armed conflict, it targets civilians in order to create distance between people and the government,” he said.

He announced a security plan for capital Kabul, particularly for the west of the city and said that working on the plan was underway and it would be shared with the public once finalized.


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