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Afghanistan excoriates Pakistan for undeclared war

Afghanistan excoriates Pakistan for undeclared war

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Mar 11, 2017 - 10:09

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a nexus of illicit narcotics, violent extremism and state sponsorship of terrorism with regional dimensions and global consequences, has morphed into an undeclared war by Pakistaninfo-icon, Kabulinfo-icon alleged on Friday.

“Let me be very clear. The conflict in our country is not homegrown, as some desperately and deceptively try to portray. On the contrary, it is the nexus of illicit narcotics, violent extremism, and state sponsorship of terrorism with regional dimensions and global consequences,” the Afghan ambassador to the UN said.

Mahmoud Saikal told UN Security Council the conflict had morphed into an undeclared war by a neighbouring state that continued to coordinate facilitate, and orchestrate violence through proxy forces.

“These (20) groups benefit from full-fledged externalinfo-icon infrastructure to keep Afghanistan off-balance for motives that are inconsistent with our desire to live in a peaceful and prospering region. In earlier statements to this Council, we have emphasised, time and again, on Pakistani actions that sustain terrorist activities in our country,” he said.

Saikal quoted leading Pakistani officials as acknowledging their support to terrorist groups. General Pervez Musharraf proudly commented in a 2015 interview that “Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISIinfo-icon) had given birth to the Talibaninfo-icon to counter Indian action against Pakistan”.

Last year, the envoy recalled, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz went on record to say that Taliban leaders resided in Pakistan and that they had influence over them.

A couple of weeks ago, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, former ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Russia, China, and India wrote in the Herald Magazine: “After the Soviet defeat and withdrawal, we (wittingly or unwittingly) unleashed a ruinous civil war and imposed a barbaric and medieval Taliban upon the hapless Afghan people.”

Saikal said Qazi’s words were but a confirmation of the truth that Pakistan talked one policy, but walked the other. Husain Haqqani, another former ambassador, categorised in a article the links between state apparatus and the Taliban.

In the context of peace talks, Haqqani wrote: “The Taliban and their Pakistani mentors have hardly changed their arguments or their tendency to fudge facts”.

Saikal said the quotes and admissions were not “rhetoric from Kabul” or “blame game” as often claimed by a known member state. It was Pakistan talking, he observed.

The ambassador said while terrorist attacks in Pakistan were strongly deplored by Afghanistan, the worldinfo-icon was surely witnessing blowback effects of using violent proxies as instruments of foreign policy.

“In other words, the chickens are coming home to roost! We have reminded our Pakistani counterparts on many occasions that “you reap what you sow”. We say once again, it is time to change that failed policy for your own sake, desist from using radical terrorists as a foreign policy accessory, and genuinely join the international fight against all forms and shades of terrorism,” Saikal said.

By bleeding Afghanistan, he alleged, Pakistan was not only trying to create a stalemate on the battlefield but was also hindering the political track.

In order gain legitimacy for groups such as the Taliban, Pakistani decision-makers continued to use plausible deniability and shifting blame, as part of their defensive tactics while manipulating geo-political fault lines to their advantage, he said.

“They forget that legitimacy in my country flows through the people and a constitutional order, not through acts of terror, intimidation, and forced imposition of extremist thinking and radical behavior by misinterpreting and misusing our sacred religion,” Saikal concluded.

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