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‘Gross interference’: FM rejects Afghan president’s irresponsible statement

‘Gross interference’: FM rejects Afghan president’s irresponsible statement
February 7, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Minister for Foreign Affairs (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi strongly rejected the irresponsible statement of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, calling his statements, regarding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, as ‘gross interference.’ In his tweet, responding to the tweet shared by the Afghan President earlier in the day, Qureshi said: “We reject the tweet by Ashraf Ghani. Such irresponsible statements are only gross interference. Afghan leadership needs to focus on long-standing serious grievances of the Afghan people.”   The tweet came hours after the president of neighbouring Afghanistan said, “The Afghan government has serious concerns about the violence perpetrated against peaceful protestors and civil activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.” In another tweet, Ghani added: “We believe it is the moral responsibility of every government to support civil activities that take a stand against the terrorism and extremism that plagues and threatens our region and collective security. Otherwise there could be long-standing negative consequences.” It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan has been playing a vital role in bringing the US and the Taliban to a negotiation table in order to conclude 17-year long Afghan conflict.
Qureshi lauds Pakistani role in US-Taliban negotiations
Earlier, FM Qureshi lauded Pakistani vital role behind the recent negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taliban. Speaking to the journalists while commenting on the Pak-US relation, Qureshi said that Pakistan played a vital role in bringing the Taliban leadership to the table, terming that the recent negotiations between the US and the Afghan Taliban as a major diplomatic victory.