In response to the recent tensions between Kabul and Islamabad, the Afghan House of Representatives on Wednesday in the general session called on the Afghan government “to not remain silent on Pakistan's misconduct.”
“We strongly condemn this misconduct by the Government of Pakistan and call on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to take same action,” said Waqif Hakimi, a parliament member.
Meanwhile, some parliament members blame fellow politicians for spying for Pakistan.
“Politicians eat food at the Pakistani embassy and then leave. I think they (Pakistan) are not guilty for summoning our ambassador to ISI,” said Kamal Nasir Osole, another parliament member.
The latest tensions erupted between Kabul and Islamabad after the Pakistani Foreign Ministry criticized what it said was the “harassment” of Pakistani diplomats by Afghan National Security Directorate forces. Pakistan claimed that its embassy officials and staff were being blocked in their vehicles and rammed by motorcycles in their travels to and from Pakistan’s embassy.
Meanwhile, with the new wave of tensions between Kabul and Islamabad, Pakistan’s distribution of visas has not resumed, except in cases of medical emergency. Pakistan closed its consulate on Monday due to “security” issues.
The Afghan Foreign Ministry, in a note sent to the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, called for improved relations between Kabul and Islamabad.
" We expect that Pakistan will be a good neighbor and leverage its power over the Taliban so that the Taliban can come to the table to talk with Kabul,” said Gran Hewad, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Pakistan wants to gain points at every situation. In this case, it wants to increase the political, military and diplomatic pressure on Kabul so that the negotiation process that the US wants to resume will bring them more privileges," said Nasrullah Stanikzai, a Kabul University lecturer.