Pakistan Government has slammed ‘baseless allegations’ that have blamed Islamabad for recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, without mentioning from where the allegations were being hurled.
“The public blame-game is contrary to the spirit of the understanding between the leadership of the two countries to address issues through close coordination amongst relevant agencies,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet on Friday, hinting that some Afghan officials might have blamed Pakistan without raising the issue at an agreed-upon platform.
Last month, Both Pakistan and Afghan Governments agreed not to use public forums to hurl allegations or give ‘hostile’ statements against each other to build trust and improve bilateral relations. This decision was taken during the visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan.
“Pakistan condemns all acts of terrorism in Afghanistan and hopes that both sides would continue working constructively for durable peace in Afghanistan and the region,” the spokesperson said in another tweet.
Sarwar Ahmadzai, President Ghani’s Adviser on National Security, however, expressed confidence that the ongoing reconciliation process in Kabul – in which Islamabad has played a pivotal role – would prove successful in restoring peace in the war-torn country.
In the latest incident on Friday, at least eight people were killed and dozens wounded when a bomb was detonated outside Kabul University while students were waiting to take an exam. According to unconfirmed reports, top officials in the Afghan government blamed Pakistan for the terror attacks.
Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have remained tense for years principally because of the trust deficit and both nations accusing each other of sponsoring terrorism against each other.