Blame game harmful to Afghan peace, warns Pakistan


KABUL: Pakistani foreign ministry has reiterated its commitment to lasting peace in Afghanistan, warning negative statements from some Afghan circles against Pakistan on its role in the Afghan peace would harm the process.
“While Pakistan’s efforts are acknowledged and appreciated by the Afghan society and the international community, we are concerned about some negative comments which continue to emanate from certain official as well as unofficial Afghan circles,” the Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
The statement said that the public blame game was detrimental to the Afghan peace process, as well as the shared efforts for enhancing bilateral cooperation.
These statements from Pakistan come as the Afghan foreign ministry accused the neighbor country of providing safe havens to the Afghan Taliban.
On December 25, Afghanistan foreign ministry, in response to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s visit to a Pakistani hospital where the Afghan Taliban were being treated, said that the presence of Taliban leaders in Pakistan posed a challenge to the Afghan peace process.
The ministry also called on Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to stop insurgents from using Islamabad against Afghanistan.