Pakistan not accountable for Ghani’s failure: FO


ISLAMABAD:

The Foreign Office mentioned on Saturday Pakistan couldn’t be held accountable for the failure of the ousted Ashraf Ghani-led authorities in Afghanistan, and careworn that Islamabad was taking part in a constructive function in facilitating peace and stability within the neighbouring nation.

Reacting to a decision of the European Parliament on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar mentioned that the Ghani-led authorities had sadly squandered the chance supplied by the Doha peace deal.

“Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the failure of the Ghani government, and its causes that were internal to Afghanistan,” the spokesperson mentioned. He regretted the allegations levelled towards Pakistan within the EU decision.

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The EU alleged within the decision that Pakistan was “assisting the Taliban” in combating the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) within the Panjshir Valley “by supplying its special forces and providing air support”.

Iftikhar mentioned that Pakistan was upset on the “unwarranted and negative references” which weren’t in keeping with the cooperative relations between Pakistan and the EU. “Pakistan has played and continues to play a constructive role in facilitating peace and stability in Afghanistan,” he mentioned.

The spokesperson mentioned after Afghanistan, Pakistan has been the largest sufferer of many years of the battle and over time, Islamabad has contributed immensely to the success of the worldwide group’s combat towards terrorism.

“Of all the countries of the world, Pakistan has suffered the most — with over 80,000 casualties and more than $150 billion in economic losses,” the spokesperson mentioned. “A peaceful and stable Afghanistan is therefore in the best interest of Pakistan,” he added.

Iftikhar talked about that Pakistan had supplied unparalleled assist and facilitated the worldwide group, together with the EU and its member states in evacuating their diplomats, native workers of the EU missions in Afghanistan, workers of worldwide organisations, and others from Afghanistan.

“This has also been acknowledged by the foreign ministers of Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and also other European foreign ministers, during their telephonic conversations with the foreign minister of Pakistan,” he mentioned.

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