Senior Afghan officials trying to spoil relations with Pakistan: Moeed

Afghanistan being embarrassed by 'idiotic' statements from senior officials: Moeed

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Dr Moeed Yusuf has asserted that senior Afghan officials, acting as spoilers, were trying to ‘vitiate bilateral relations’ between Pakistan and Afghanistan through ‘delusional statements’ to avert “attention from their own failures”.

In a series of tweets today (Thursday), the National Security Adviser asserted that Afghanistan was being embarrassed by “idiotic statements” from its senior officials who were deliberately trying to spoil its bilateral relations with Pakistan.

“Afghanistan is being embarrassed daily due to these idiotic statements. Afghans should rest assured that everyone can see through the nefarious agenda of these spoilers,” he wrote.

“We will not let a handful of venomous minds affect Pakistan’s support to all Afghans for peace and stability,” Yusuf said, adding that Pakistan remained “committed” to facilitating an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan.

“In this spirit, Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed to meet President Ashraf Ghani recently to continue our engagement,” the National Security Adviser added.

Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan hit back at President Ghani’s claims about Pakistan’s “negative role” in the Afghan peace process, adding that it was “unfair” to blame the country for the situation in Afghanistan.

“We have made every effort, short of taking military action against the Taliban in Pakistan, to get them on the dialogue table and to have a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan. To blame Pakistan for what is going on in Afghanistan is extremely unfair,” he said.

That same day on Friday, the Foreign Office had denied allegations by Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had issued an official warning to Afghan security forces to repel any action by the latter to dislodge the Taliban from the border crossing of Spin Boldak.

The Afghan vice president had also claimed that PAF was providing air support to the Taliban.