The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFa) on Wednesday rejected recent remarks by Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan that ‘Afghanistan peace talks would be affected if India resorts to violence against Pakistan in response to last week’s attack in Kashmir’.
MoFA said that Pakistan should act on its commitments with regards to realizing peace in Afghanistan instead of making irrelevant comments.
“Ministry of Foreign Affairs deems the recent remarks of the Pakistani Ambassador, that ‘Afghanistan peace talks would be affected if India resort to violence against Pakistan in response to the last week’s attack in Kashmir’ as irrelevant and in contradiction with Pakistan’s commitments with regards to realizing peace in Afghanistan,” MoFA said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has always wanted a reduction in any tension in the region, and the differences to be resolved through dialogue and peaceful means. The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again calls on Pakistan to act upon its commitments with regards to Afghanistan, particularly in relation to peace and refrain from making irrelevant statements that do not help solve any problem,” the statement said.
This comes a day after Khan said that further escalation of tension between India and Pakistan could have serious implications on the stability of the entire region, including Afghanistan.
“Since the development is so momentous that it can affect the stability of the entire region,” said the Pakistani envoy in response to a question about the ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan will retaliate against any military hostility by the Indians, he said as leaders from the two nuclear-armed neighbors lashed out at each other following last week’s suicide bombing that hit a convoy of India forces in Kashmir.
Pakistani envoy also dismissed the prospect of a meeting between the Taliban and Pakistani leader Imran Khan, saying Pakistan has always supported the Afghan peace process.
“The government of Pakistan has never made any comments that Taliban will be visiting Pakistan,” he said, referring to recent reports that a senior Taliban delegation will meet Pakistani leader Imran Khan.
The tensions between the two countries erupted after the Kashmir attack. Denying any role in Pulwama attack, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday that he would take action against the perpetrators of the terror attack if India shares actionable proof about any wrongdoing, but warned against any retaliatory action on his country.
Meanwhile, Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday that “we demand Pakistan to stop misleading the international community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control”.