Pakistan a destabilising factor in Afghanistan: Afghan Foreign Minister

Pakistan's reluctance to end its support to terrorism in Afghanistan undermines efforts to ensure peace in the country, Afghan Foreign Minister has said.

Published: 22nd March 2017 07:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2017 07:56 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's reluctance to end its support to terrorism in Afghanistan undermines efforts to ensure peace in the country, Afghan Foreign Minister has said and asked the US to put pressure on Islamabad to stop it from using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

Minister Salahuddin Rabbani also praised India for its consistent support to the war-torn country's reconstruction and development. Terror groups continue to have safe havens in Pakistan and its establishment provides unhindered support to terrorists, Rabbani said.

Noting that the Ghani government, soon after coming to power, tried to open a new chapter of relationship with Islamabad, Rabbani told a Washington audience: "Unfortunately, we did not see practical steps taken by Pakistan on the promises they made."

Rabbani, who is currently visiting the city to attend the US-sponsored anti-coalition group meeting, urged the Trump administration to put pressure on Pakistan to stop it from using terrorism as an instrument of state policy. "This has to stop," he said in response to a question, adding that he expects the same from China, a good friend of Pakistan.

"A paradigm shift in Pakistan is needed to bring Taliban on the peace table," Rabbani said, as he praised the role of India for the all round development of Afghanistan. Referring to the series of recent attacks in Kabul and Kandahar, the Foreign Minister said these proves that Taliban does not want to come to the peace table.

"Pakistan should see Afghanistan as a sovereign and independent country. It is not a subservient to any one," he said. "India has been a country that has supported Afghanistan for 15 years. It has been busy building schools, colleges, hospitals, roads and bridges. While others have chosen to destroy them they (India) have chosen to build them. We value that," Rabbani said.

Pakistan's reluctance to end its support to terrorism undermines efforts to ensure peace and security in the country, he alleged.

"Now, we have stopped asking Pakistan to deliver Taliban to peace table. We want Pakistan to take action against the Taliban leadership. They should not support violence in Afghanistan," he said. "I do not see any policy change in Pakistan in the coming days," he said, attributing this to the increasing insecurity in the powerful Pakistani military.

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