Ghani urges Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists
KABUL (Pajhwok): Terrorism posed a serious threat to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the world at large, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, urging the neighbouring country to adopt a clear stance on the issue.
"Terrorists and the enemies of Afghanistan cannot win on the battlefield," the president asserted at a joint news conference with US Defense Secretary Ash Carter in Kabul.
During his visit to Islamabad last year, Ghani recalled, he had categorically said that Pakistan was in an undeclared war with Afghanistan. But the host leader did not ask any question in this regard, he added.
“We desire cordial relations with Pakistan. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) was a good opportunity to overcome problems between the neighbours,” the president remarked.
Under a clear agreement between the two sides, he said, supporters of peace and war had to be told apart. He claimed having a written commitment from the Pakistan government that military action would be taken against opponents of peace.
Ghani continued: "Pakistan has a key decision to make. There is no difference between good terrorists and bad terrorists. Corruption is as dangerous as terrorism.”
While reaffirming his vow to crack down on corruption, the president said about the use of international assistance: “Each aid dollar will be accounted for. We are determined to spend foreign aid in an absolutely transparent manner…”
On a surprise visit to Kabul, Secretary Carter promised long-term US support to the Afghanistan. "We would continue to remain alongside the Afghans to win the war on terror and achieve lasting peace and prosperity.”
The Pentagon chief said: "By maintaining a military presence in Afghanistan, we will enhance our ability to continue progress on our missions here, so they can secure their nation."
President Barack Obama’s on enhancing US commanders’ authority to support Afghan troops would add to the effectiveness of American forces in the war-torn country, the secretary hoped.
Progress by the unity government on economic and anti-corruption fronts remained crucial to continued international support for Afghanistan, the visiting dignitary stressed.
The Obama administration has promised $3.5 billion annually to fund Afghan forces. The remaining $1 billion will be paid by other allies of the US to fund the needs of 352,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers.
"The Afghan security forces have demonstrated the motivation, the will and the resilience in the face of a persistent enemy,” Carter said, expressing confidence in their ability to stability stabilize the country and vanquish the insurgents.
The US would work with Pakistan to counter extremism, Carter said, warning that the Americans would continue striking terrorist leaders everywhere in the world.
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