Pakistan wants Afghanistan to be its colony: Spanta
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Former national security advisor and politician Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Saturday said Afghanistan’s quest for peace and stability would not succeed as long as terrorist safe havens in Pakistan were not eliminated.
Speaking on the second day of the 5th Herat Security Dialogue (HSD-V), Spanta said terrorists’ hideouts were still located in Pakistan.
“A mentality for peace and stability never existed in Pakistan and the country is trying to use terrorism and Taliban to colonise Afghanistan,” he alleged.
He went on to say: “The strategy against terrorism will fail unless we fight the origin and source of terrorism which is obviously in Pakistan. We should change the course of war.”
Spanta said Pakistan, while keeping in view its own economic situation, should realize it couldn’t reach its goals through terrorism.
“Terrorists should be eliminated wherever they are and they should know they couldn’t obtain their goals through war, they can achieve their goals through negotiations.”
Meanwhile, Mullah Abdulsalam Zaif, a former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, who attended the HSD conference, said: “War is not a solution. The intra-Afghan peace process should be adopted and decisions should not be imposed.”
“The government and Taliban could not succeed through war and the ground should be paved for intra-Afghan peace dialogue for bringing the fighting to a halt.”
He said the government and the international community’s stance on Gulbadin Hikmatyar would affect the Taliban who would wait and see how the government and foreigners behaved with Hikmatyar.
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