Kabul raised stern objections to Pakistan, who attempted to rope the Kashmir issue with Afghanistan's peace process in Doha, Qatar, calling them 'reckless, unwarranted and irresponsible.'
In a statement, Afghan government asserted that the conflict of Kashmir is a 'bilateral' issue between India-Pakistan and that the attempts to associate it with the US-Taliban peace process is a 'deliberate attempt to prolong the violence happening on Afghan soil.'
The unrestrained statement accentuated on how this is a 'poor excuse' by Pakistan to justify their inaction against the Taliban and to "avoid" taking a decisive stance against militant groups.
Moreover, Kabul echoing New Delhi's stance on cross-border terrorism averred that Afghanistan's stability has been compromised by "Pakistan-based, sanctioned and supported militant and terrorist groups." Further lambasting Islamabad, Kabul asserted that the terror groups "openly operate from Pakistan's governed spaces"
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government also said, "The Afghan government hopes that the parameters discussed during President Ghani's visit will remain the foundation for normalizing our bilateral relationship. We were explicitly told that Pakistan considers the Taliban's violent activity in Afghanistan a threat to its own stability and wishes to see a stable and democratic Afghanistan."
Here is the statement:
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly questions the assertion made by Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, that the ongoing tensions in Kashmir could potentially affect Afghanistan’s peace process. pic.twitter.com/OASLSsZQ0x— Afghan Embassy DC (@Embassy_of_AFG) August 18, 2019
Pakistan has been actively a part of the Afghan peace process, considering their closeness with the Taliban and has played a role in bringing the US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban to the table. The peace negotiation with the Taliban is to eventually get the 14,000 troops US troops out of Afghanistan and bring the 18-year-old war to an end. However, on Tuesday diverging from their previous stand, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan said that the Kashmir issue could affect the Afghan peace process.
In July, Beijing asserted that India has not been excluded from the peace process in Afghanistan, days after they hosted a crucial meeting with US, Russia and Pakistan to discuss over the war-torn country.
Although Islamabad is participating in the mediation process, the United States decided to slash the aid to the cash-strapped nation by nearly USD 440 million, bringing down its financial support to just USD 4.1 billion on Saturday.