Ghani demands handover of Afghan militant leaders based in Pakistan

Ashraf-GhaniKABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has demanded the handover of the Afghan militants based in Pakistan and those who are opposing peace talks with the Afghan government.

Speaking during a press conference following his return from Poland, President Ghani said the Afghan government wants Pakistan to handover those militants opposing peace.

He said the message of Afghanistan to Pakistan is specific and positive and those differentiating between good and bad terrorism should pay the price.

President Ghani further added that the neighboring countries of Afghanistan should respect the sovereignty of Afghanistan and do not allow the insurgent groups to use their soil.

Insisting on the current position of Afghanistan which is central to the international community’s attention, Presidnet Ghani warned that those not supporting Afghanistan will become isolated.

This comes as President Ghani earlier said Pakistan continues to maintain distinction between good and terrorists.

“Our regional initiatives with neighbors are beginning to yield significant cooperative dividends. The exception is with Pakistan–despite clear commitments to a quadrilateral peace process, their dangerous distinction between good and bad terrorists is being maintained in practice,” he said during his speech at Warsaw summit.

President Ghani further added “The key problem among our neighboring states is an absence of agreed rules of the game, thus we seek regional and global support in creating those rules, which will bind us to collective security and harmony.”

The Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for allowing the Afghan militant groups, specifically the Afghan Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network to use its soil from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

Both Taliban and Haqqani network are having leadership councils based in Quetta and Peshawar cities of Pakistan, according to Afghan officials. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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