Pakistan condemns US for seeking India role in Afghanistan
Indian Defence News: The Pakistan National Assembly passed a unanimous resolution on Wednesday rejecting the “hostile and threatening” statements made by US President Donald Trump and Gen John Nicholson, a top commander of American and Nato forces in Afghanistan.
It condemned Washing ton’s call for increased Indian involvement in Afghanistan due to “(India’s) known support to terrorists and destabilizing policies in the region”.
The call for an Indian role in Afghanistan’s development is “detrimental to regional stability,” the resolution said, adding that it was premised on a “failure to understand existing ground realities and challenges in the region.” The resolution called on the US, Nato and the Afghan government to ensure that India was denied use of Afghan territory to attack Pakistan.
The lower house of Pakistan’s parliament adopted a resolution denouncing, “the complete disregard of sacrifices made by the country in the war against terror”.Foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif called for the suspension of cooperation with the US, specifically the provision of ground and air lines of communication through Pakistan.
Seeking postponement official-level visits between Washington and Islamabad, the resolution asked the government to draw up and inform the US and Afghan governments of a blueprint for the return of Afghan refugees to their home country in a specified period.
Announcing his new Afghan policy, Trump had accused Pakistan of providing sanctuaries to militants responsible for the turmoil in Afghanistan while Nicholson had claimed that top leadership of Taliban and Haqqani Network was residing in Quetta and Peshawar cities.
The House also expressed concern over the increasing number of Daesh and other terror networks in Afghan provinces bordering Pakistan and called on Afghanistan, US and its allies to close borders to groups carrying out attacks in Pakistan.
News Source: TNN