In an apparent dig at Pakistan, India today said while it has always worked towards Afghanistan’s development, there are some who have given the country only “bloodshed and violence”.
India has engaged with Afghanistan in capacity and capability building in agriculture, water, infrastructure, energy, health, education and many other sectors and the landmarks of this partnership are well-known, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
“I think every patriotic Afghan appreciates and supports India’s development partnership with Afghanistan,” he said.
“In comparison, there are some who have given only bloodshed and violence to Afghanistan,” he said speaking at his weekly briefing here.
Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists who orchestrated attacks in the country.
Taking a dig at Pakistan, Ghani had yesterday said, “We see that there is a distinction between good and bad terrorists. Good terrorists are the ones that attack your neighbours, bad terrorists are the ones who attack you.
This type of approach is enormously shortsighted. The blowback phenomenon is going to be bad. Terrorism will bite, like a snake, who feeds it.”
Swarup rejected the opinion that main achievement of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was the ramping up of defence cooperation.
“This is a totally incorrect inference. If you look at the joint statement issued yesterday, you would see how much of space has been devoted to the all-round India-Afghanistan cooperation,” he said.