Afghan envoy summoned to convey Pakistan’s concerns over Afghan allegations


Ambassador of Afghanistan Janan Mosazai was called in by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry on Wednesday to convey concerns over recent spate of Afghan government’s allegations and media campaign to malign Pakistan.

The foreign secretary stressed that such allegations undermine mutual confidence and affect the environment of bilateral relations that both countries had been working hard to improve.

Pakistan has been acting with maximum restraint and avoiding any blame-game, a statement from the Foreign Office said.

“A strong protest was also lodged on cross-border violations from the Afghan side on August 16 and 17, 2015, which resulted in Shahadat of three FC personnel and injuries to two others.”

The Afghan ambassador was conveyed that, “as a matter of policy, Pakistani authorities do not initiate fire and return fire only in self-defence,” the statement further said.

The foreign secretary further conveyed to the ambassador that as per the guidance of the leadership, Pakistan would continue its policy of restraint and responsibility and constructive engagement with Afghanistan.

“We expect that the Afghan government would also reciprocate by taking effective measures to obviate recurrence of such incidents on the border, and work with Pakistan to build mutual trust and good neighbourly relations,” the statement added.