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Experts frown on move to couple Kashmir with Kabul

Experts frown on move to couple Kashmir with Kabul

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Oct 09, 2016 - 17:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) says linking the Kashmir dispute with peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon is indicative of Pakistaninfo-icon’s penchant for proxy war in Afghanistan.

NSC spokesman Tawab Ghorzang, commenting on recent remarks from a Pakistani envoy, told Pajhwok Afghan News Kashmir had no connection with the conflict in Afghanistan.

He said Islamabad wanted to draw international attention to other issues that was why it was tying the Kashmir conundrum to Afghanistan.

Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister's special envoy on Kashmir Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, said that the road to peace in Kabul lied in Kashmir. “When you talk of peace, you cannot compartmentalise peace, you can't segregate a section... ok you can have peace in Kabul and let Kashmir burn. That is not going to happen.”

For the first time, Pakistan linked peace in war-torn Afghanistan to the resolution of the Kashmir issue, saying a solution to both is required for peace.

Faiz Mohammad Zalan, a political analyst and university teacher, believed coupling Kashmir with Afghanistan was an illogical move by the Pakistan.

He accused Pakistanof trying to prove that it had influence over the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon, but the fact was that Islamabad had little control over the insurgent movement. The reality was proved during ht four-nation meeting where Pakistan failed to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Javed Ghafoori, another expert, Islamabad wanted the worldinfo-icon community to put pressure on Indian and hold talks with it on Kashmir and show flexibility in its stance.

He added the global fraternity had asked Islamabad not to meddle in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and as a consequence Pakistan had resorted to playing its Kashmir card to deflect pressure.

Senior journalist and writer Noman Dost remarked: “Unfortunately, our people have been used as fighters at different time and in different places. During the jihadinfo-icon some groups dispatched their fighters to Kashmir.”

He said Pakistan would use every possible way to safeguard its interest and the growing India-Afghanistan relationship, which has pushed Islamabad into isolation, was not acceptable to the neighbour.

nh/mud

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