How Afghanistan reacted over change of regime in Pakistan


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Saturday said Afghanistan hopes that the next Pakistani prime minister would fight terror and take practical steps to remove terrorists’ safe havens in Pakistan.

Afghanistan wants friendly relations with Pakistan, the MoFA spokesman Shekib Mustaghni said, adding that Islamabad must take action against terrorists.

“We hope that Pakistan will take serious, honest and practical steps in the fight against terrorism and will uproot their (terrorists’) safe havens and training camps, and also remove their funding and equipping centers on the Pakistani soil,” Mustaghni told TOLOnews.

Afghan analysts said Islamabad’s policy towards Kabul would not change. The analysts said Pakistani military control’s Pakistan’s foreign policy – which will not allow the civilian government to amend its policy towards Kabul.

“Afghanistan cannot do anything by repeating the proverbs which says I will act against you when I caught you. We saw that they came in the field and we did nothing. Or we cannot do anything by saying we are lions and will tear them up. We saw it and realized that we are not lions. Minds are for thinking. God has given human minds and tongue to use. Government should use them and negotiate with Pakistan,” said Sayed Ishaq Gailani, an MP and head of National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan.

Analysts meanwhile criticized the Afghan government over tensions between Kabul and Islamabad, saying that Afghanistan was not successful in managing its foreign policy.

The critics said Kabul has lost many chances that could be used in its benefit in its foreign policy issues.