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Afghan President Ghani at UN urges dialogue with Pakistan

United Nations, United States: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed Tuesday to Pakistan to work together to curb extremists, seeing an opportunity as the United States sends in more troops.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Ghani said US President Donald Trump´s new Afghan strategy sent a signal to Taliban guerrillas that they cannot win on the field and must negotiate peace.

“We welcome this strategy, which has now set us on a pathway to certainty. The Afghan people have looked to the United States for this type of resolve for years,” Ghani said.

Trump last month announced an Afghanistan strategy that reversed his previous calls to wind down America´s longest war, which was launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

He instead has sent thousands more troops to Afghanistan and pledged a tougher line on Pakistan, which has long faced US criticism for its intelligence services´ ties with jihadists and for harbouring Osama bin Laden.

“We now also have an opportunity for a dialogue with our neighbours on how we can work together earnestly to eliminate terrorism and contain extremism,” Ghani said.

“I call upon Pakistan to engage with us on a comprehensive state to state dialogue on peace, security and regional cooperation leading to prosperity,” he said.

Pakistan has responded coolly to Trump´s criticism, with many Pakistanis noting that they themselves have been a major victim of attacks since their government sided with the United States following September 11.



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4 Comments

  1. Zafar Ahmed said:

    Asraf Ghani is seeking Pakistan’s help as high corruptions and mismanagement was blamed in civil, military and to politicians by US. They are asking now again so blame games may again be started with Pakistan. The Pakistan must repatriate all 4 million refugees scattered throughout the country and fence all the border to end the blame game of terrorism from either side.

  2. shahid said:

    I may not have solution for bringing peace in Afghanistan, however, i am more than certain that if Pakistan wants peace within its territory it must fence the entire Pakistan — Afghan border and repatriate all Afghan refugees back to their home land with full respect but within given time-frame.

    Strict Border Management, Bio-Metrics, Visa control and drone surveillance of hot spots along with Refugees repatriation will also ensure that no blame is pointed on Pakistan as there will be no unchecked movement across the Pak-Af boarder.

    the above measure will also help Afghans to realise the importance of Pakistan and it will also increase respect for Pakistani people among Afghan people which is also very direly needed.

  3. genie said:

    I will humbly suggest everyone claiming to be Muslim to become really Muslim. When the Arabs became Muslims they brought peace and thus prosperity into Arabia.

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