Aziz to tell Afghanistan to stop anti-Pak propaganda


Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security Sartaj Aziz will on Friday (today) urge the top Afghan leadership to stop its anti-Pakistan propaganda.

“Afghanistan has to stop anti-Pakistan remarks and carry out measures to build trust,” a Foreign Office official said, adding that Aziz would also stress that peace and stability in Afghanistan lies in intra-Afghan dialogue and therefore Kabul must sit in the second round of peace talks with Taliban and other groups.

Moreover, the official rejected Afghan allegations accusing Pakistan of abetting the recent terror attacks in Kabul. He maintained that 80 per cent of the insurgency in Afghanistan originates from within. The official admitted that the agreement on security and counter terrorism between the intelligence agencies of the two countries was now a dead document because it was not approved by the Afghan parliament.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Foreign Office in a statement confirmed that the adviser to the prime minister on national security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, will visit Kabul on September 4 (today).

During his visit Aziz will lead the Pakistani delegation in the ministerial meeting of the sixth Regional Economic Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-VI).

The FO spokesman said the premier’s adviser will also hold consultations with the Afghan leadership on important bilateral issues.

Tensions have flared in recent weeks, with Ghani accusing Islamabad of failing to act against extremists operating along the porous border.