The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Friday reacted to recent remarks by Pakistani officials, including Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, saying that the world knows who has really continued the war in Afghanistan to keep its pace and that blaming will not prove helpful at this critical juncture.
Qureshi in a virtual speech to the European parliament this week said that there are people within Afghanistan who want to disrupt the peace process in the country.
Again in his meeting with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon this week in Islamabad, Qureshi repeated his allegation, stating that there are people inside the country who try to disrupt peace.
“(There are people) inside and outside Afghanistan who do not want peace and security. We should be vigilant of such spoilers,” said Qureshi.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the spoilers of peace are those who have rejected the Afghan people and the international community’s call by continuing violence.
Blaming will not prove constructive at this sensitive juncture and peace in Afghanistan that is in favor of countries in the region, especially Pakistan, cannot be ensured by issuing statements and remarks, the ministry said.
The Afghan people and the international community seek practical steps by Pakistan for starting meaningful peace negotiations, the foreign ministry said.
“The recent statement by Pakistan’s foreign minister is a clear act of interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs,” said Nematullah Karyab, an MP.
“Pakistan has always pursued a disruptive policy towards peace in Afghanistan,” said Aziz Mairaj, a former Afghan diplomat.
“Their recent statements are a reaction to the recent speech by the president in which he asked Pakistan to choose one path or option,” said freelance journalist Sami Yousufzai.
This comes a day after Foreign ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China an online trilateral meeting on peace in Afghanistan, during which the Chinese foreign minister said that the Afghan peace process has entered into a crucial phase.
Wang Yi said that the withdrawal of US foreign forces from Afghanistan will complicate the situation in Afghanistan.
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the meeting as an important step towards strengthening peace in Afghanistan.