Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has accused Pakistan of infiltrating Afghanistan with 10,000 foreign fighters, who joined the Taliban’s ranks. Islamabad says it has a direct stake in the peace process in the war-ravaged nation, arguing that a civil war in Afghanistan would not only spill over into Pakistan, but also lead to a refugee crisis.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Islamabad played an “instrumental role in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table” and in finalising the landmark Taliban-US Doha Peace Deal in 2020.
“Pakistan (also) helped in the intra-Afghan negotiations in 2020,” added Qureshi, addressing a press conference on Monday in Islamabad.
The Doha Peace Deal, signed on 29 February last year, calls for guarantees from the Taliban that Afghanistan’s soil won’t be used by any group or individual against the US amid the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and comprehensive and permanent ceasefire agreed to as part of the intra-Afghan talks.
The remarks by Pakistan’s foreign minister came as he expressed his displeasure over Islamabad being left out of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) debate on Afghanistan on 6 August.
Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Munir Akram has accused India, which currently holds the presidency of the 15-nation UNSC, of not acceding to his request that the nation be permitted to participate in the…