Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday chose to inflict more damage on the fragile reputation of Pakistan. In a no-holds-barred attack on its neighbouring country, Ghani termed Pakistan as a “revisionist state”. He also strongly condemned the terrorism and extremism in the name of Islam and said terrorism will “bite probably like a snake.” The Afghan state head has lauded the bonding between India and his country. Sending out a stern message, he said “a country” can not block “two great nations”. Speaking at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in the national capital, Ghani asserted that “making distinction between good and bad terrorism is an approach enormously short-sighted”. He also warned that “terrorist organisations change very rapidly, even if their objectives remain the same”.
Emphasising on the need to have a better coordination between the neighbouring countries to tackle the issue of terrorism, Ghani said, “States do not behave like maligned non-states actors vis-a-vis their neighbours”. “Terrorism must be condemned and we must stand together to condemn it,” he said, adding “a collective security to can be seen as an objective to bring stability”. He also said “We don’t permit our territory to be used against our neighbours and behave like a responsible state even though we are under attack”.
Speaking candidly on the issue of an independent Balochistan, Ghani said, “We don’t use our territory for destabilisation”. He, however, said “There is war in Pakistan which media doesn’t speak about, there are 207,000 Pak forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. This violence needs coverage and understanding and needs to be stopped. Those who think they can manipulate the psychology of this phenomenon or affect the pathology of are mistaken”.
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Talking about the Afghanistan’s geographical significance, he said, “Afghanistan is at crossroads, it’s no longer a landlocked country, those who block us will be blocked”. Ghani also took a dig at the Pakistan, saying, “Afghanistan is landlocked but thinks openly, Pak has access to the sea and thinks like a landlocked country”.
Earlier in the day, Ghani met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During their talks both the leaders sent out a stern message to Pakistan and called for an end to all support, sponsorship and safe havens to terrorists and decided to strengthen security and defence cooperation.
The two leaders also stressed on expediting a trilateral pact using Chabahar port in Iran to boost regional connectivity.