Pakistan rejects Afghan accusations

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has strongly rejected Kabul’s latest recriminations that it had attached ‘pre-conditions’ to its commitment to reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.

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Published: Sun 31 Mar 2013, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:13 PM

The foreign ministry spokesperson has issued a rejoinder in the wake of statements made by the Afghan presidential spokesperson that Pakistan had ‘abandoned’ the peace process and imposed ‘impossible’ pre-conditions on any further discussions that may encourage the Taleban to lay down their weapons.

“Things were going well up to the trilateral (summit) in Britain, so we were hopeful, but soon it became clear that Pakistan had changed its position and the peace process is no longer its priority,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi had said on Thursday.

“They demanded we cut all ties to (Pakistan’s arch-enemy) India, send army officers to Pakistan for training, and sign a strategic partnership.”

But foreign office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry insisted that Pakistan had not set any pre-conditions for the peace process. “Pakistan is wholeheartedly supporting and facilitating the peace process without any conditions or preference for any particular group or party,” Chaudhry added.

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