Ghani warns Pakistan of consequences for supporting illegal armed groups

Ashraf-GhaniKABUL: The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday warned Pakistan of the consequences for supporting the illegal armed groups.

Speaking during a consultative conference on peace in Kabul, President Ghani said supporting the illegal armed groups is like growing up snakes up in own sleeves.

He said the Afghan government and nation extends the hand for peace to Pakistan insisting that supporting the illegal armed groups is like growing snakes up in own sleeves.

President Ghani also called on the Taliban group to adopt the peace strategy and said the group should participate in intra-Afghan peace talks if they consider themselves Afghans and refrain from such acts that hand over the authorities of the country to the foreigners.

He also added that Afghanistan is not having the intention to occupy the home of the others but want to live with dignity in their own homes.

President Ghani once again called upon Taliban leaders not to surrender their fate into the hands of the neighbors, insisting that the neighbors never support peace.

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been insisting that the ongoing war and violence in the country has direct links with the safe havens and leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network based in Pakistan.

The issue of the sanctuaries of the terror groups remaining intact in the Pakistani territory has also resulted into deteriorating relations between Islamabad and Pakistan as the US officials have long been saying that the Taliban, Haqqani network, and other groups’ leaders have freedom of action in Pakistan besides their sanctuaries have remained intact during the operations.

However, the Pakistani officials insist that the country’s forces have acted against all armed groups without any distinction.

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