Afghan territory not being used against Pakistan: Abdullah
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s territory is not being used against any country, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah says, believing the Pakistani Taliban leader will not be able to evade arrest indefinitely.
In an interview published in a Pakistani newspaper on Thursday, the CEO made clear sheltering terrorists against any country was in conflict with Afghanistan’s policy.
Abdullah told The Express Tribune Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistani (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah, if he was really hiding in Afghanistan, would be netted sooner or later.
While recognising a change in Pakistan’s policy on working for peace and stability in Afghanistan, the CEO acknowledged the public perception of the neighbour remained sceptical.
“It will take time for common Afghans to be on board. They have doubts which need to be removed through actions,” the CEO believed.
Kabul had previously been told peace talks were supported by Mullah Omar, but he had died two years ago, said Abdullah, a former foreign minister.
“We were told the talks were taking place with Omar’s blessing… who leaked the news [of Omar’s death] … why and how this happened… this is not important anymore,” he said.
“What is important is why this was kept from us. It was clear breach of trust,” he said, while referring to the Pakistan-brokered face-to-face talks in July.
However, the CEO backed Pakistan’s fresh bid to restart the stalled process. He hoped such contacts could help find a solution to problems.
“We’re ready to take risks but then we also expect Pakistan to stand by us for the greater good (of the region),” Abdullah remarked.
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