The Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, called on Pakistan to stop interfering in Afghanistan’s internal issues.
Referring to remarks by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif claiming a presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Stanekzai said that the Islamic Emirate denies and condemns the claims and that it will also not allow anyone to make such statements toward Afghanistan.
“We strongly condemned the Pakistan Prime Minister’s action. We don’t allow anyone to speak against the Islamic Emirate ... If Pakistan has an economic problem and is placed on a black list of the International Monitoring Funding, no one takes their call to give them money. If you (Pakistan) is not given a loan, it is your problem--find your way through any way you can, but don’t talk about the dignity of the people of Afghanistan and don’t defame Afghanistan just to earn some money,” he said.
“Pakistan had a vital role in Afghanistan’s war and peace over past 40 years. We must say that it had the role due to lack of good management by our politicians sometimes. Pakistan takes advantage of the vacuum,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
Stanekzai criticized the drone activity in Afghan airspace, saying that there is proof about where these drones are based. He accused the US of violating the Doha agreement. Stanekzai said the “government is inclusive” and that no one has the right to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.
“I have videos. If someone defies it, he may come to me to show him from which airport it flies and from where it comes. Millions of dollars are being paid for each flight. This is a business. Don’t deal on the fate of these people (Afghans). If you are hungry and don’t have food and cannot manage your country, try to find another path. We have always been a victim,” he said.
Earlier, the Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif told the 77th General Assembly of the UN that “Pakistan shares the key concern of the international community regarding the threat posed by the major terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan especially ISIS-K and Takrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, as well as al-Qaeda ETIM and IMU.”