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After govt, Meshrano Jirga blasts Abbasi remarks

After govt, Meshrano Jirga blasts Abbasi remarks

Sep 24, 2017 - 17:37

KABUL (Pajhwok): A day after the Afghan government rejected Pakistan Prime Minister’s remarks about India’s role in Afghanistan, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday followed the suit.

During an interaction at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York on Thursday, Pakistani PM Khaqan Abbasi had said there was no role for India in Afghanistan political or military.

Abbasi claimed India’s involvement in Afghanistan would further complicate the situation and would not resolve anything.

But on Saturday, the Presidential Palace in Kabul in a statement said Abbasi remarks were “direct interference” in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

The palace also said Afghanistan and India besides economic and political ties had the common goal of combating terrorism.

The issue also came up for discussion during Sunday’s general session of the Senate, with lawmakers criticizing Abbasi for his views.

Senator Safiullah Hahsimi from northern Samangan province said the remarks by Abbasi were meddling in Afghanistan’s affairs. “Afghanistan isn’t a slave of Pakistan to act or have a foreign policy which is acceptable to Pakistan.”

Nisar Ahmad Haris, a representative from Kabul, said: “The Pakistani prime minister remarks didn't provide any logic and it seems he is suffering from mental problem. The Pakistani government should focus on resolving its own internal issues.”

Mohammad Hanif Hanafi, a lawmaker from central Uruzgan province, said: “We won’t let anyone meddle in our domestic affairs.”

A number of other upper house members also held similar views, calling Abbasi remarks as “foolish” and “irresponsible.”

Senate chairman Fzal Hadi Muslimyar said: “The Pakistani premier remarks regarding Afghanistan-India relations were silly. Afghans don’t allow anyone to even review its country’s foreign policy; intervention is a far more big matter.”

He said Abbasi spoke the language of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI: “If Pakistan thinks Afghanistan would act as it wants, it’s a dream, fantasy and madness.”

Afghanistan was not against any country and also didn’t allow anyone to interfere in its internal and foreign affairs, Muslimyar concluded.