KABUL - A number of senators on Sunday sharply criticized Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for his remarks on Afghan-Indian relations and such his utterances were in fact an interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, reported TOLO News.
Head of the senate Fazlulhadi Muslimyar labeled the remarks ‘foolish’ and said Pakistan politicians do not have independence and they are the loud-speakers of Pakistan’s military.
Abbasi last week said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York city that Islamabad did not have any problems with New Delhi’s financial support to Afghanistan, but that it would never condone India’s political or military role in Afghanistan.
“We denounce Pakistan's Prime Minister’s remarks. Along with the condemnation, I must say it is very rude and foolish,” said Muslimyar.
“Pakistan Prime Minister has no logic, he may suffer nervous or mental problems,” senator Nisar Haris said.
A number of senators said Afghanistan is an independent country and can have relations with any country in the world.
“If Pakistanis want to have good relationships with us, it is good. If they want to have influence on us, they should not have. Because until the last person remains in Afghanistan, we will not accept their influence,” senator Shir Mohammad Akhundzada said.
“Pakistan must forget the issue of changing Afghanistan to Pakhtunkhwa that once they were thinking of,” senator Mohammad Hassan Hotak said.
Meanwhile some senators raised the issue of government establishing militia groups and cautioned against the move.
“The defense ministry announced a few days ago they will add 20,000 soldiers to the local forces. I would like to say that we established the Local Police based on the US plan, but in 70 to 80 percent of the areas that local forces are stationed in, their activities are against (the interests of) security,” senator Afzal Shamel said.
Their concerns regarding militia units come a week after the defense ministry announced it would establish units to safeguard retaken territory from insurgents.
“This is not local police nor local army. It is a plan that the ministry is working on and one that has not yet been finalized,” defense ministry spokesman Dawalat Waziri said last week.