Pakistan expresses serious concerns over Afghan President’s tweets

ISLAMABAD: The foreign office in Islamabad on Monday late night critiqued recent tweets by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, terming them as a clear unwarranted interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs.
According to the foreign office spokesperson, Pakistan wished to maintain close and cordial relations with Afghanistan based on the principles of non-intervention and non-interference and urged the Afghan side to work together for the common objective of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
The Foreign Office in a statement said  “We have noted with serious concern the recent tweets by President Ashraf Ghani, which are a clear interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs and hence, unwarranted.”
Ghani had earlier tweeted that he was “troubled” by the arrest of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Manzoor Pashteen. “I fully echo the concerns raised by Amnesty International in this regard and hope for their immediate release.”
He said “While our region is suffering from atrocities caused by violent extremism and terrorism governments in the region must support and encourage peaceful civilian movements for justice and must avoid any means of force and violence against these movements.
On the contrary, differences with such peaceful movements must be resolved through dialogue and engagement.”
“We believe that such statements are not helpful to the promotion of good neighbourly relations between the two countries,” the foreign office spokesperson in a late night press release said.
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