On Saturday, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani said at an event in the Council on Foreign Relations in the US that Pakistan and the Taliban are responsible for the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
“What would you like us to do when the capital of the country is attacked and every single civilian space is attacked, every mosque is attacked; should we hold our hands behind our back and offer surrender? We are not responsible for this war; the Taliban are. Let’s understand who is responsible for elevation of military use of force,” Ghani said at the event.
Furthermore, Ghani argued that Pakistani government refused many peace proposals during previous negotiations. However, Gahni stressed that Afghanistan is still willing to negotiate with Pakistan to solve their disagreements.
Ghani statement against Pakistan can be considered as an extension of statements of the US administration that accused Pakistan of hiding the Taliban leadership, and aiding its activities in Afghanistan.
On Saturday also, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said in his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York city that it is harmful to blame Pakistan for the “military or political stalemate in Afghanistan”. Abbasi added that Pakistan is “not prepared to be anyone’s scapegoat.”
“What Pakistan is not prepared to do is to fight the Afghan war on Pakistan’s soil. Nor can we endorse any failed strategy that will prolong and intensify the suffering of the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan and other regional countries,” Abbasi said in his speech.
Abbasi’s statement is likely a direct respond for US president Donald Trump accusation against Pakistan. While US is boosting its military force in Afghanistan, Pakistan sees that the war Afghanistan will end only if the US agreed to make the Taliban a part of the solution.