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Pakistan has dialogue opportunity, says Afghanistan

Pakistan has dialogue opportunity, says Afghanistan

Sep 22, 2017 - 16:38

UNITED NATIONS (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon has accused Pakistaninfo-icon of diverting the worldinfo-icon’s attention from its 'longstanding failure' to take effective action against terrorist groups and sanctuaries on its territory.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said in his address at the UN General Assembly that safe havens of the Talibaninfo-icon do not exist in Pakistan, but in Afghanistan.

Exercising its right to reply Afghanistan said it was evident that the propagation of terror activities in Pakistan constituted the main source of insecurity in the country and the region.

Afghanistan's representative on the floor of the General Assembly said that one member state's claims regarding the presence of safe havens and sanctuaries in Afghanistan was erroneous.

"Such a difference is a deliberate attempt by the government of Pakistan to divert international attention over Pakistan's longstanding failure to take effective action against various terrorist groups and sanctuaries on its territory," an Afghan diplomat representing the country said.

"It remains evidently clear to the global community that the propagation of terrorist activities by state and non-state actors in neighbouring Pakistan constitutes the main source of insecurity in Afghanistan and the region," he said.

Afghanistan has persistently and consistently sought to address this outstanding issue through various channels including bilateral and other mechanisms, he said. Nevertheless, efforts to this end have yielded no results whatsoever, he said.

"At this juncture Pakistan has another opportunity to engage in a comprehensive dialogue to resolve outstanding issues that have prevented it from adopting a clear and decisive stance in combating terrorism and constructive approach for peace and security in Afghanistan and the wider region," he said.

Responding, Pakistan said Afghanistan instead of blaming others for its problems and failures 'should focus' on eradicating safe havens for terrorists in its ungoverned spaces deal with its war economy and narcostate.

"That is a major threat to regional peace and stability," the Pakistan's representative said.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also hit out at Pakistan, saying its Army launched a 'heinous' military operation in 1971 which triggered a 'genocide' during the liberation war, killing three million innocent people.

In her address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Hasina said her country's parliament had recently declared 25th March as 'Genocide Day' to pay homage to the victims.

Exercising its right to response, Pakistan rejected Hasina's statement. "Prime Minister for our Bangladeshi brothers and sisters, let me add that they have to come out of the narrative of hate and dispel the twisted notions of history. There are no takers for their contentions," Pakistan said late on Thursday night.

"The issues of 1971 agreed were and settled under the budget agreement of 1974 which was signed by India and Bangabandhu of Bangladesh. Hate berates hate. We have to move on," Pakistan said.


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