Suicide training camps still functional in Pakistan: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): A fiery President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday the recent wave of violence showed suicide training camps,facilities used for making explosive devices and sending them to Afghanistan to kill innocent people were still functional in Pakistan.
“We hoped for peace, but war continues to be declared against us from Pakistani territory. In fact, it clearly shows vivid hostilities toward a neighboring nation,” a statement from the Presidential Palace quoted Ghani as saying. "Now it is proven to the region we have been right, but in Pakistan still there are gatherings of slaves and captives who send the message of war to us."
A palpably bitter president complained incidents of the past two months, particularly in the recent days, proved suicide training camps and the facilities used for making explosive devices and sending them to Afghanistan to kill innocent people were still operational across the Durand Line.
He called the Peshawar school attack killing more than 150 schoolchildren a significant point in the history of Pakistan. “The recent incidents in Kabul mark a significant point for us as well. We want to tell friends and enemies apart.”
He went on to pose this the Pakistan nation and the government this question: “If a massacre similar to what happened in the Shah Shahid area of Kabul takes place in Islamabad and the groups behind it have sanctuaries in Afghanistan, offices and training centers in our major cities, what would be your reaction? In such a situation, will we be your friend or enemy?”
While calling on the Taliban who do not want to destroy their country or kill their people to quit the insurgency, he deplored Afghanistan’s resources that should be spent on building factorieshospitals and the development of agriculture, were going to the war and defence of the country.
He reiterated the war tactics being employed against the Afghans had changed, and new questions had arisen about the peace process. The Afghans wanted to know the future of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, he added. “You may remember that we, and all those acquainted with the situation in Afghanistan and the region, had forecast further deterioration of the security environment during the current year..."
The withdrawal of more than a hundred thousand well-equipped international forces from Afghanistan was a key factor behind worsening security, he argued. Secondly, transferring the security responsibility to Afghan forces and thirdly confronting challenges and threats also contributed to the obtaining situation.
“There were some elements outside the country claiming that the government of Afghanistan will not be able to survive long after the withdrawal of international forces. Our enemies were waiting to exploit this gap and do whatever they could to bring down the government of Afghanistan,” he observed.
But, he hastened to explain, the enemy's designs become a huge disappointment and the country’s defence and security forces were able to fill the vacuum left behind by international forces and responded to the enemies’ threats with an iron fist.
Though the tactics have changed recently and Afghanistan has experienced a more organized war, but “fortunately, your brave sons have been able to defeat the enemy on all fronts.”
At the political level, he said that a significant change was that Mullah Omar is no longer alive and it was Afghanistan intelligence that revealed the falsehood and proved that Mullah Omar is dead.
He said that this demonstrates the strength and power of Afghanistan intelligence network. It also once again proves that the war in Afghanistan is on behalf of others, he added.
“Our intelligence department believes that Jalaluddin Haqani, too, is no more alive for a long time. However, on his behalf also it is being announced that he welcomes the assignment of the new leader for Taliban,” he remarked.
“Terrorism is a vast and widespread problem. The terrorist attacks in Kabul, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and other Muslim countries are all identical. These attacks seek nothing but collapse of nation states and state order in the region; that is why the grand gathering of Muslim scholars in Mecca condemned these attacks. We continue in our efforts to overcome this problem, and we are striving to reach a regional consensus to this end as I recently stated in the Shanghai Summit in Russia,” he added.
He said that the chain of attacks in Kabul and other provinces show that the war has changed its shape. Earlier, he recalled the enemy used to fight for occupation of areas, but having been defeated over this objective, he is now following different tactics aimed at lowering the people’s morale; thus, the country’s city is under repeated attacks by the terrorists.
He informed during hisovernight telephone conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, “I explicitly declared the government in Islamabad should have a similar definition of terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan and stay committed to that definition.”
Ghani noted: “The prevalent understanding in the region in past years was that the Afghan side is not taking serious steps in coordination with Pakistan toward peace and negotiations.
“During my visit to Pakistan in last November, I had announced Afghanistan's complete willingness for peace with Pakistan and peace with the Taliban, discussing common opportunities and threats,” the president concluded.
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