Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reportedly stated that Islamabad does not want any security role for India in Afghanistan as he accused New Delhi of playing the role of a “spoiler” in the region.
Speaking in the Senate, Qureshi reportedly said that Pakistan neither desires “any security role of India in Afghanistan” nor wants the presence of militant organisations — Al-Qaeda and the ISIS — in the country, TheNation reported. The foreign minister told the Upper House that India had always played the role of a spoiler, the report said.
Meanwhile, gunmen attacked a ceremony in Kabul on Friday where Abdullah Abdullah, was present. At least 27 people were killed and 29 others wounded at the event, according to Afghan officials, the first big attack on the capital since a troop withdrawal agreement was signed last week in Doha.
The Taliban said in a statement they were not involved in the attack. The gathering marked the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, an ethnic Hazara leader who was killed in 1995 after being taken prisoner by the Taliban.
Abdullah, runner-up in the last three Afghan presidential elections, each of which he disputed, has served as chief executive of a coalition government since 2014 and is also a former foreign minister.
President Ashraf Ghani tweeted that the attack was “a crime against humanity and against the national unity of Afghanistan”. He added he had called Abdullah, his longtime political rival.