Achakzai ties Afghanistan conflict to foreign meddling
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A veteran Pakistani Pakhtun nationalist leader on Wednesday blamed the 35-year conflict in Afghanistan on brazen interference from regional and international actors.
Pakhtun-habited areas in Pakistan had also been hit hard by the war in the neighbouring country, the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief told a mammoth public meeting in Quetta.
Mahmood Khan Achakzai, who visited Kabul last week, called for international and regional powers to respect the sovereignty of Afghanistan and support efforts for bringing stability to that country.
Speaking on the occasion of Khan Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai’s 42nd death anniversary, he alleged some powers were once again preparing for another war that could push the region into a new phase of bloodshed.
“Enough Pakhtun blood has been shed as a result of this imposed war and we can’t tolerate further violence on our land aimed at achieving the nefarious designs of outsiders,” Achakzai remarked.
Dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistan must resume to put an end to the blame game and ensure peace in the region, he observed.
The PkMAP chairman said Afghan refugees had come to Pakistan under an agreement with the United Nations and as a result of a civil war in Afghanistan.
"There should be no discrimination against the Afghans living here," Achakzai said, hitting out at the Pakistani law-enforcement agencies for harassing the Afghans.
Genuine democracy and federalism, where resources were fairly distributed in line with the constitution, could guarantee Pakistan’s prosperity, he said, demanding the return of internally displaced persons from tribal areas to their homes
He also stressed the need for reconstruction of infrastructures and compensation for the losses inflicted on residents of the tribal region. The tribesmen be taken on board on decision regarding the future of the FATA.
Abdur Rauf Lala Khan, a PkMAP leader, recalled Samad Khan was an 8th grader when he joined the political struggle for the independence of the Indo-Pak subcontinent.
Senator Usman Kakar said: “As followers of Samad Khan Shaheed, we oppose foreign intervention in Afghanistan.” He alleged state policies of the past had resulted in terrorism and lawlessness.
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