Kabul urges Islamabad to ‘avoid provocative statements’



Expressing dismay, the Afghan Taliban have urged Pakistan to “refrain” from making statements that “hurt the feelings, stability and trust” between the two countries.

A statement issued by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated that “Afghanistan seeks good diplomatic relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan”, adding that good diplomatic ties were crucial to development.

However, the spokesman said that “Islamabad’s statements over Afghanistan are undesirable”, as he stressed that “the Islamic Emirate would not allow its land to be used to spread militancy and distability against a neighbouring country”.

Simultaneously, he said that “we demand that Islamabad take measures to control unrest, militancy and the law and order situation”. “Afghanistan is trying to stabilise its own law and order situation and carries a similar positive approach towards its neighbours,” the statement added vowing to “continue the same approach in the region” in the future.

It may be noted that on Monday the Taliban regime in Kabul had angrily reacted to a statement of Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah in which he said that Pakistan could carry out cross-border military action against the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which has been using its safe havens in Afghanistan as a springboard for its new terror campaign.