Kabul calls out Pakistan’s attempt to blackmail by linking Kashmir with Afghan peace process, says ‘act on terror’

Afghanistan has slammed Pakistan for linking developments in Kashmir with the Afghan peace process, calling such statements “reckless, unwarranted and irresponsible” and asked the country to act on terror groups it has been hosting.

Pakistan’s ambassador to US Asad Maheed Khan in an interview said the current India-Pakistan escalation “comes at a wrong time” as it could impact the Afghan peace process.

Calling the statement a poor excuse by Pakistan to justify “its inaction against the Taliban and to avoid taking a decisive stance against the militant group” Afghan Embassy in US in a statement said, “we believe Pakistan’s motive and insistence to purposely tie Afghanistan to the Kashmir issue is a deliberate attempt to prolong violence happening on Afghan soil”

Asking Islamabad to take “sincere and forceful law and order measure through police action inside Pakistan, Afghan embassy said, “Afghan stability is frequently threatened by Pakistan based, sanctioned and supported militant and terrorist group” which “operate openly from Pakistan’s governed space and regularly spills over into Afghanistan that undermines Afghan security”

It is not the first time Pakistan govt has linked India Pakistan tensions with the stability of Afghan peace process. In past, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said New Delhi’s action at Line of Control can be a distraction. Former envoys see statements by Pakistani foreign minister and Pakistan envoy to US as Islamabad’s attempt to blackmail Washington who wants to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.

Kanwal Sibal, former Foreign Secretary said, “Imran Khan is playing the old game of linking India’s legitimate actions in J&K to curb Pak-supported terrorism to its complying with US demands to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to promote the so-called peace process in Afghanistan which is a sham.”

In February, Afghan foreign ministry had summoned the Pakistani envoy to Kabul Zahid Nasrullah who had said any action by Indian army post-Pulwama, which was perpetrated by Pakistan based terror group–Jaish E Mohammad, could impact the peace process.