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Afghanistan Says Time for Pakistan to Fulfill Its Commitments

(Last Updated On: September 08, 2017 6:56 pm)

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry says it is the time for Pakistan to fulfill its commitments by taking action against terrorist’s safe havens in its soil.

“It is the time that instead of giving more commitments Pakistan should take action for all those commitments it has made in the past,” said Shekib Mostaghni spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

Afghanistan and Pakistan Foreign Ministers spoke over the phone on Wednesday and discussed the relationship between the two countries.

The two sides had agreed to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York later this month.

Following the phone call, Pakistan announced that it is ready to work with Afghanistan in all fields.

According to a statement released by Pakistan foreign office, the country’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif said “Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Afghanistan and is prepared to work with the country in all fields including political, economic, trade and transit, security, and other fields for the progress and prosperity of the two countries”.

Asif has also promised his country’s support for Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process for bringing lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, a promise which has never been fulfilled in the past.

Now the question is if Pakistan is really willing to improve its relation with Kabul.

“The U.S. recent pressures and the BRICS declaration have forced Pakistan to go soft on Afghanistan,” said Mirdad Khan Nejrabi, head of the Afghan Parliament’s internal security committee.

Recently, the U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Pakistan for providing “safe havens to terrorist organizations” and warned Islamabad it has much to lose by supporting insurgents. In addition, a statement by leaders of BRICS said that Pakistan-based militant groups pose a problem for regional security.

By Hesamuddin Hesam & Lyda Nyazi

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