Surprise response from Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah over President Ashraf Ghani tweet in favour of Pakistan PTM leaders
KABUL - Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s office on Saturday reacted to recent remarks by President Ashraf Ghani and other government officials on the death of a senior member of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) in Pakistan, saying that it is an internal matter for Pakistan.
The objections were first made by President Ghani as he said in a tweet that “the Afghan government has serious concerns about the violence perpetrated against peaceful protestors and civil activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan”, TOLO News has reported.
His remarks were responded by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi who tweeted that “we reject the tweet by President Ashraf Ghani. Such irresponsible statements are only gross interference. Afghan leadership needs to focus on long-standing serious grievances of the Afghan people”.
Ghani also tweeted that “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”.
The tweets were made on February 7.
Arman Loni was one of the leaders of the PTM who was killed after returning from a sit-in protest outside Loralai Press Club in Baluchistan on February 2, reports suggest. The sit-in protest had been staged in protest against a recent terror attack. Pakistan media reports stated Loni had been sitting in a park after the protest when police arrested him. Loni had attended the sit-in protest along with his sister, Wranga Loni.
Chief Executive Abdullah’s office said there is a need for focusing on addressing problems in Afghanistan rather than raising such issues.
“It is an internal matter of Pakistan. Afghanistan is not in a position which will interfere in others’ affairs. We have many problems and issues inside our country and it is better to address them first,” said Mujib Rahman Rahimi, spokesman for Chief Executive Abdullah said.