India aiming to spoil Afghanistan-Pakistan ties: Sartaj Aziz

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sartaj-azizDownplaying Afghanistan’s criticism of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said India was striving to spoil Pak-Afghan cordial relations.

“Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s statement shows Kabul’s anxiety to please India. One can understand,” said Aziz.

“India is striving to drive a wedge between our countries, which are culturally linked. India is trying to use Afghanistan to its own advantage, but its machinations won’t succeed,” he added.

Accusing India of not treating the Pakistani media properly at the HOA meeting, he said he wasn’t allowed to have a press conference.

Alleging Pakistan of launching an undeclared war against his country by supporting terror networks, including Taliban, Ghani told Pakistan to utilise its $500 million aid (to Afghanistan) to curtail terrorism on its soil.

Aziz said Pakistan had reassured Ghani that its territory will not be used against Kabul. “I assure Ghani that we won’t allow Pakistan to be used against Kabul,” said Aziz.

Aziz proposed a trilateral commission along with China to utilise the amount for the welfare of Afghanistan.

With majority of terrorist groups listed in the HOA statement based in Pakistan, the Indian message from Amritsar rang clear: No bilateral dialogue till cessation of cross-border terrorism and visible Pakistani action on groups targeting India.

The declaration which named Pakistan-based outfits such as Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed were unanimous, said Aziz. On his return home, he said LET, JeM and other groups featured in the declaration.

The declaration expressed concern over security situation in Afghanistan and in many parts of the region. It read that efforts were needed to control LeT, JeM, Taliban, the Haqqani Network, al Qaida, ISIS Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Jundullah among others.