Ashraf Ghani to Pak: Use funds for Afghan in fighting terrorism

By The IST Newsdesk

Ashraf Ghani
Ashraf Ghani

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a strong collective will to defeat terror networks. He was speaking on Sunday at the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar.
“We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror networks that cause bloodshed and spread fear,”the Prime Minister added.

Mr Modi said terrorism and externally induced instability pose the gravest threat for Afghanistan’s peace, stability and prosperity. The Prime Minister said, India’s commitment to its brave Afghan brothers and sisters is absolute and unwavering. The conference is a platform to help Afghanistan in its transition.

Attending the conference Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani earlier delivered a stinging attack on Pakistan for providing sanctuary to terrorists.

About 30 terrorist groups, as named by the UN, are trying to establish a base in Afghanistan. If terrorists didn’t have sanctuary in Pakistan, they would not last a month, said President Ghani. Ghani also said Pak should spend its money on containing terrorist groups mushrooming on its soil. ” The $500 million promised by Islamabad for Afghan reconstruction would be better used fighting terrorism, ” said Ghani.

“Afghanistan suffered the highest number of casualties last year. This is unacceptable…some still provide sanctuary for terrorists. As a Taliban figure said recently if they had no sanctuary in Pakistan, they wouldn’t last a month,” Ghani said

However, Pakistan Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz said it would be wrong to point finger on any one country for terrorism, said an NDTV report.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani praised India for its “no strings attached” help and stressed on the importance of the India-Iran Chahbahar port development project for Kabul’s regional connectivity plans.

Altogether 40 countries and groupings are e participating at the meet aimed at helping war-ravaged Afghanistan in its political and economic transition.

(With inputs from TOI, PIB and NDTV)

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Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 35 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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