Unbecoming remarks by Afghan NSA

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PAKISTAN has always shown open heartedness towards Afghanistan and played a very positive and constructive role acknowledged also by the world community for the return of peace and stability to the neighbouring country.

However, it is regrettable that their top officials always resort to unwarranted and baseless allegations against Pakistan.

Addressing a gathering on Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi very rightly hit out at Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib for his comments against Pakistan and called on him to reflect and correct his behaviour.

Mohib routinely accuses Pakistan for providing support and planning to the Afghan Taliban and during a visit to Nangarhar province last month, he crossed all the limits when he called Pakistan a brothel house.

The Afghan NSA should be ashamed of using such a language against a fraternal country which has not only been hosting the Afghan refugees for the last many decades but also at the forefront in efforts to make the Afghan peace process a success.

The very remarks have hurt the sentiments of whole Pakistani nation and FM Qureshi represented those sentiments in his Multan speech.

It appears as if the Afghan NSA is playing in the hands of spoilers and is on the payroll of the enemies of Pakistan who do not want the return of peace and stability to Afghanistan.

It will be better in their own interest that the top Afghan leadership rein in these anti-peace elements and work towards early settlement of the Afghan conflict.

Groundless accusations only erode trust and vitiate the environment and disregard the constructive role being played by Pakistan in facilitating the peace process.

The fact of the matter is that Pakistan is repeatedly facing the terrorist attacks from the Afghan side.

The Afghan authorities are failing in their commitment that they have made with Pakistan of not allowing their land used against any other country.

Instead of going public, there are mechanisms such as Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) where both the sides should address their bilateral issues.