New Delhi: In a sharp reaction to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “irresponsible remarks” over its state of affairs, Afghanistan has summoned its ambassador from the neighbouring country, reported ANI on Tuesday evening. (Also read: IAF Chief Says, ‘Once Rafale Jets Come, Pakistan Won’t Come Near LoC’)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan has also summoned Deputy Ambassador of Pakistan over the issue.
Heads of mainstream political parties in Afghanistan also took to social media to dismiss the controversial remarks by Khan, who proposed an interim setup in Afghanistan as a possible solution to an “impasse” in the ongoing peace process.
Khan had said the Afghan government creates an obstruction on the way of peace talks with the Taliban.
Heads of political parties in Afghanistan took exception to Imran’s comments and kept Twitter abuzz all of Tuesday.
Spokesperson of Afghanistan Foreign Ministry Sibghatullah Ahmadi said in a tweet, “Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan summoned the Deputy Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with respect to the recent irresponsible remarks of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.”
By doing so, the Afghan Foreign Ministry expressed its “grave objection” on Pakistani PM’s “reckless statements” about the peace process and establishment of an interim government, “deemed such statements an obvious example of Pakistan’s interventional policy and disrespect to the national sovereignty and determination of the people of Afghanistan.”
Former president Hamid Karzai said, “Repeated comments about Afghanistan’s future government is blatant interference in our country’s internal affairs. I recommend to the government of Pakistan and others to commit to friendly relations with Afghanistan on principles of mutual respect to sovereignty and dignified relationship.”
This is the second summoning of a Pakistani diplomat in ten days by Afghan foreign ministry. Afghanistan had summoned a Pakistani diplomat on March 16 when Imran had called for “new government in Kabul”.
Afghanistan in February complained to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against Islamabad due to its engagement with the Taliban and attempts to subvert the Afghan peace process.
Pakistan government in February had invited the Taliban for talks along with the United States in Islamabad, infuriating Afghanistan. The meet was cancelled by the Taliban after the letter by the Afghan government to UNSC.
Islamabad has been trying to prop up regimes in Afghanistan, including the Taliban in the ’90s, that have been hindering the development of the country. (Siddhant Sibal)