Presidential remarks against Pakistan widely welcomed
KABUL (Pajhwok): Praising the presidential remarks that Pakistan is fomenting violence in Afghanistan, a number of Afghans have urged the government to register a strong complaint with the UN Security Council and cut all ties with the neighbour.
Afghan government in the past one decade had tried to build good relations with Pakistan and obtain help in ensuring peace in Afghanistan.
However, relations between the two countries deteriorated despite efforts by former president Hamid Karzai and incumbent President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to improve ties.
Continued shilling from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan and bloody attacks inside the country especially in Kabul forced Afghan government to show strong reaction.
Earlier on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani told a crowded press conference in the wake of series of suicide bombings in Kabul that the recent wave of violence showed suicide training camps, facilities used for making explosive devices and sending them to Afghanistan to kill innocent people was still functional in Pakistan.
Ghani told journalists that “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. "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."
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also criticized Pakistan for not supporting the peace process and said that Afghanistan had proved in action a good relation was based on mutual respect with Pakistan.
He said that Pakistan did nothing to improve the peace process, rather it financed militants to fight against Afghans.
Residents of some parts of the country have supported the recent speech of the president about Pakistan.
Fida Mohammad, a resident of Kabul province, said: “Afghans are tired of Pakistani government lies about peace building. There is no Taliban or Islamic State (IS), but it is Pakistan that fuel suicide attacks and bombings.”
He welcomed the speech of the president and said that Ghani should learn from Karzai who had several trips to Pakistan without getting any positive response from Islamabad.
All Afghans are ready to sacrifice their lives for peace Afghanistan, but there should not be deals behind the scene, he remarked.
Noor Aziz Azizi an officer at the Ministry of Finance said: “I agree with what the president said but it would be more legitimate if he approaches the UNSC to register strong protest.” He was ready to defend his country and stand against Pakistan.
An officer at the parliament, Qudratullah Javid said Ghani’s Monday speech had represented Afghans’ views.
“Pakistan has always used terrorism as a tool to attack neighboring countries such as Afghanistan and India. Ghani has a clear message and Afghans support it,” he said.
He said that civilian governments in Pakistan had good ties with Afghanistan but since political affairs were in hands of Pakistani military that was why relations deteriorated.
Sayed Ekhtyar, another employee at the Ministry of Education, said the president in his remarks stressed on diplomatic channels with Pakistan which was a very sensible diplomacy.
He said that the president should complain to United Nations Security Council and cut diplomatic and all ties with Pakistan.
Mohammad Safdar an elder of Ghor province and former commander also supported government leader’s position about Pakistan. He said if the leaders prefer national interests over their personal interests then the people would strongly resist against Pakistan and militants.
He said that Pakistan had always fueled insecurity in Afghanistan.
Mohammad Kamal, a resident of Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, said it was a moment of pleasure that Afghan leaders adopted a clear stance against Pakistan’s duplicity.
About the president and CEO’s remarks, he said: “I am really satisfied after speeches delivered by the president and the CEO. Now, I’m ready to stand against Pakistan.”
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