In what can be considered as a tight slap on the face of the terrorist nation Pakistan, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani sent a strong message to Pakistan. He spared no words in criticizing Pakistan and openly called Pakistan as the sponsor of terrorism in the Southeast Asia during the Heart of Asia conference held in Amritsar. Pakistan had offered US $ 500 Million as an aid to Afghanistan to fight terrorism, which Ashraf Ghani refused to accept and instead asked Pakistan to use the money to end terrorism that is emanating on its soil.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said, “We need to identify cross-border terrorism and a fund to combat terrorism. Pakistan has pledged 500 million dollars for Afghanistan’s development. This amount, Mr Aziz (Sartaz Aziz), can be spent to contain extremism. There should be an Asian or international regime, whatever is acceptable to Pakistan, should be put in place to verify frontier activities and terrorist operations. Afghanistan suffered the highest number of casualties last year. This is unacceptable. Some still provide sanctuary for terrorists. As a Taliban figure said recently if they had no sanctuary in Pakistan, they wouldn’t last a month, We do not want blame game, we want verification.” He openly called Pakistan a country which needs to act on terrorism originating from its soil and declined the aid which Pakistan was offering to Afghanistan.
Earlier, speaking from the same forum, PM Modi had also targeted Pakistan for sponsoring and encouraging terrorism. He also offered India’s complete and unconditional support to Afghanistan in fighting terrorism sponsored by Pakistan. “We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror network that cause bloodshed and spread fear. Silence and inaction on terror in Afghanistan and the region will only embolden terrorists and masters and those fund them. We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror networks that cause bloodshed and spread fear,” PM Modi had said
Hailing India’s role in Afghanistan’s transition, he said “India’s assistance is transparent and with no strings attached, and there are no hidden deals between India and Afghanistan.” President Ghani showered heaps of praises on India and efforts by India in helping Afghanistan develop its infrastructure, improve trade and commerce and help in various areas. Here is the clip of Ashraf Ghani’s speech praising India for its role in transition of Afghanistan.