ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Lieutenant General (r) Nasser Khan Janjua has said that Pakistan has served as the saviour for Afghanistan in the past, stressing that world needs to acknowledge sacrifices rendered by both countries.
“Pakistan respects the sovereignty and territory integrity of Afghanistan,” he said.
Addressing the International Counter-Terrorism Forum in Islamabad on Wednesday, the NSA said that both Pakistan and Afghanistan have rendered great sacrifices in the war on terrorism. “Pakistan has always extended help to Afghanistan,” he added.
“Pakistan is committed to Afghan peace and stability,” he emphasised.
“Pakistan has rendered immense sacrifices both human and material in the war on terror but these have not been acknowledged,” he lamented.
“We supported the US during the Afghan war. Despite our sacrifices, allegations were levelled against us,” he remarked.
“If Pakistan didn’t ally with the US, would Afghanistan be free today? If the Soviet Union didn’t fall, had the Berlin Wall been taken down and 14 countries freed? Would the US have become a superpower if the Soviet Union persisted?”
After the fall of Soviet Union, the US and international community moved out of Afghanistan. “The international community left us to deal with the aftermath of the Afghan war.”
“9/11 was a result of the work left incomplete by the international community,” Janjua said.
The national security adviser remarked that the US took down the government of Taliban. On the other hand, Taliban labelled the US and the international community as a usurper of their land. Even today, Taliban call this war for their freedom, he said.
“The US alleged that Pakistan supports Taliban, while the Taliban claim that the country supports the US,” Janjua said.
Speaking about relations with Russia, Janjua said that Pakistan shares good relations with Russian Federation. “Russia was standing with Pakistan and Afghanistan throughout.”
On Tuesday, Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, while addressing the forum, had said that Pakistan was being pressurised to house Afghan refugees for a longer period.
“Terrorists targeted every class,” he had said, adding that 60,000 Pakistanis had sacrificed their lives in the war against terrorism.
“Today it can be proudly stated that Pakistan has come out victorious in this war and every institution of the world considers Pakistan as an emerging power,” he had maintained.
Iqbal had also shed light on how western agencies sent Osama bin Laden and other warriors to Pakistan but abandoned them once the Afghan war ended.
“Pakistan is still suffering from the repercussions of the Afghan war,” he had said.