Afghan pres­i­dent slams Pak­istan over re­cent Kabul at­tacks

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani lam­basted Pak­istan on Mon­day over a re­cent wave of in­sur­gent at­tacks in the cap­i­tal Kabul that killed at least 56 peo­ple.

"The last few days have shown that sui­cide bomber train­ing camps and bombproducing fac­to­ries which are killing our peo­ple are as ac­tive as be­fore in Pak­istan," Ghani told a news con­fer­ence. "We hoped for peace but we are re­ceiv­ing mes­sages of war from Pak­istan." Pak­istan has his­tor­i­cally sup­ported the Tal­iban in­sur­gents and many Afghans ac­cuse it of nur­tur­ing mil­i­tant sanc­tu­ar­ies on its soil in the hope of main­tain­ing in­flu­ence in Afghanistan.

Since com­ing to power last year Ghani has courted Pak­istan, ex­pend­ing sub­stan­tial do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal in the process, in hopes Is­lam­abad will per­suade the Tal­iban to come to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. But his com­ments on Mon­day are the strong­est yet against Pak­istan.

"In my tele­phone call with Pak­istan prime min­is­ter (on Sun­day), I told Pak­istan to see ter­ror­ism in Afghanistan the same way it sees ter­ror­ism in Pak­istan," he said, re­fer­ring to Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif.

"I ask the Pak­istani gov­ern­ment if the mass killings of Shah Sha­heed had hap­pened in Is­lam­abad and the per­pe­tra­tors were in Afghanistan, what would you do?" he said, re­fer­ring to a Kabul neigh­bour­hood that suf­fered a fa­tal truck bomb­ing on Fri­day. At least five peo­ple were killed Mon­day when a Tal­iban sui­cide car bomber struck near the en­trance of Kabul's in­ter­na­tional air­port.

The at­tack fol­lows a bar­rage of deadly bomb­ings in the Afghan cap­i­tal on Fri­day, which struck close to an army com­plex, a po­lice academy and a US spe­cial forces base and killed at least 51 peo­ple. Pak­istan had bro­kered peace talks be­tween the Afghan gov­ern­ment and Tal­iban in July, the first round of which took place in Mur­ree. But af­ter the an­nounced death of Tal­iban supremo Mul­lah Omar, a sec­ond round of talks has been post­poned on the Tal­iban's in­sis­tence, said Is­lam­abad.

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