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Pakistan accuses India of utilizing Afghan soil for ‘finishing up terror actions’

Pakistan overseas minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi additionally alleged that India’s presence in Afghanistan ‘larger than it ought to be’

File picture of Pakistani overseas minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Islamabad: With India stepping up its diplomatic actions in Afghanistan’s peace course of because the US prepares for the troops withdrawal, a jittery Pakistan has stated that at occasions it feels that New Delhi’s presence within the war-torn nation is maybe “larger than it ought to be”.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s remarks to Afghanistan’s Tolo information channel comes days after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar’s capital Doha on Tuesday and exchanged views on the war-ravaged nation and the area.

“Obviously, you have sovereign relations and you have bilateral relations and you have every right to have sovereign and bilateral relations with India. You have trade with India. They come and carry out development work there, that’s completely fine with us,” Qureshi stated in the course of the interview which will likely be telecast on Saturday.

“But at times we feel that their presence is perhaps larger than it ought to be because they…don’t share a border with you,” he stated, in accordance with the excerpts of the interview posted by the information channel on its Twitter deal with.

When requested whether or not India’s presence in Afghanistan bothers Pakistan, Qureshi stated, “Yes, If they use your (Afghan) soil against us, it bothers me.”

Asked how India is utilizing Afghan soil for anti-Pakistan actions, he alleged, “Yes, they are…By carrying out terrorist activities.”

During the interview, Qureshi additionally sought to absolve the Taliban for the spike in violence in Afghanistan, saying it could be an “exaggeration” in charge the rebel group for the bloodshed.

“Again, if you happen to try to create this impression that the violence is excessive due to the Taliban…once more, that will be an exaggeration. Why do I say that? Aren’t there different parts over there who’re taking part in the position of a spoiler?”

On a query on the forces chargeable for the violence, Qureshi stated: “Daesh (the Islamic State), like forces within Afghanistan…who gain from the war economy, who want to perpetuate their power, who are not seeing beyond their nose and just want to hang on to power.”

The Taliban and the Afghan authorities are holding direct talks to finish 19 years of warfare that has killed tens of 1000’s of individuals and ravaged numerous elements of the nation.

The intra-Afghan started because the US and the Taliban signed a landmark deal in Doha on 29 February, 2020 following a number of rounds of negotiations to deliver lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan and permit US troops to return residence.

India has been keenly following the evolving political state of affairs after the US signed the peace cope with the Taliban. The deal offered for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, successfully drawing curtains on America’s longest warfare.

India has been a serious stakeholder within the peace and stability of Afghanistan. It has already invested near USD three billion in support and reconstruction actions within the nation.

India has been supporting a nationwide peace and reconciliation course of which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled.

During his go to to Qatar, Jaishankar on Tuesday met US particular envoy Khalilzad in Doha and exchanged views on the war-torn nation and the area. Khalilzad briefed him on the latest developments in Afghanistan.

The minister additionally met senior members of the Qatari management and mentioned the difficulty of Afghanistan amongst different issues as Doha is concerned within the Afghan peace course of.

In March, Afghan overseas minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar visited India throughout which Jaishankar conveyed to him India’s long-term dedication in direction of a peaceable, sovereign and steady Afghanistan.

India on Thursday stated its imaginative and prescient for Afghanistan is pushed by an method of pro-development and pro-democracy and that it’s for the Afghan individuals to guage every of their companions on the idea of previous actions.

In early March, Jaishankar and Khalilzad spoke over the telephone and mentioned the developments pertaining to the Afghan peace talks.

In the identical month, Jaishankar attended the ninth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, the place he voiced “grave concern” over violence and bloodshed in Afghanistan and stated that there’s a want for a real ‘double peace’ in and across the war-torn nation.

Jaishankar additionally stated that India has been supportive of all of the efforts being made to speed up the dialogue between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban, together with intra-Afghan negotiations.

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