In­vi­ta­tion to Afghan for­eign min­is­ter term pre­ma­ture

Stance of Gen. Ra­heel dur­ing bor­der clashes with Afghanistan lauded

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF RE­PORTER

RAWALPINDI—The Pak­istan Ex-ser­vice­men As­so­ci­a­tion (PESA) on Sun­day fully sup­ported the hard-line stance of Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif in the back­drop of un­pro­voked at­tack of Afghan troops on the Torkhum bor­der post. It crit­i­cised luke­warm re­ac­tion of the for­eign of­fice while in­vi­ta­tion to Afghan for­eign min­is­ter was con­sid­ered pre­ma­ture as he should have been in­vited af­ter giv­ing Afghans a proper taste of our re­tal­i­a­tion.

Now, Afghan deputy for­eign min­is­ter is ar­riv­ing to hold talks there­fore Pak­istani side should also be rep­re­sented by ju­nior of­fi­cials. This was ob­served in a meet­ing of PESA pres­i­dent by its Pres­i­dent Gen. Ali Kuli Khan. Vice Ad­mi­ral Ah­mad Tas­nim, Air Mar­shal Ma­sood Akhtar, Lt Gen Naeem Ak­bar, Brig Mian Mah­mud, Brig Ma­sud ul Has­san and oth­ers also par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing.

They con­demned fir­ing by Afghan troops and crit­i­cised con­duct of Afghan Am­bas­sador who threat­ened Pak­istan of dire con­se­quences for in­sist­ing on im­proved bor­der man­age­ment system. Afghan gov­ern­ment was speak­ing lan­guage of some other pow­ers who want hege­mony over the re­gion and they are seek­ing to­tal sur­ren­der by Afghan Tal­iban un­der the garb of peace talks, they noted.

Pak­istan holds the cards in the form of over three mil­lion Afghan refugees who have not only dam­aged our econ­omy and so­ci­ety but their camps are be­ing used as launch­ing pads for ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties. PESA sup­ported the de­ci­sion by Army that refugees go­ing back to Afghanistan will not be al­lowed to re-en­ter Pak­istan with­out proper doc­u­men­ta­tion as the op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb has en­tered in the fi­nal phase which can­not be com­pro­mised.

Pak­istan can­not leave 2250km bor­der with un­guarded so that ter­ror­ist can in­fil­trate with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Afghans should be repa­tri­ated at the ear­li­est or they must be con­fined to camps. US Se­nate’s strict re­stric­tions on mil­i­tary fund­ing to Pak­istan are con­sid­ered warn­ing sig­nals which can be fol­lowed by us­ing IMF against us there­fore Pak­istan must have a plan B to fall back in such an even­tu­al­ity.

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