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Pakistan playing double game with Afghanistan: Senators

AT-KABUL: Scores of Afghan senators on Sunday alleged Pakistan of playing double game with Afghanistan, and urged Islamabad to stop interfering into internal affairs of the country.

Criticizing Pakistan for the cross Durand-Line attacks in Kunar and Nangarhar, the senators said that due to its insincerity and dual policy, Pakistan had lost its reputation before Afghanistan and the international community.

In today’s session (Sunday) they said that Pakistan was making promises to help Afghanistan in its peace and reconciliation process, but at the same time it recruits, trains and equips the militants.

The senators also expressed concerns over fragile security situation in the country. They said that the Taliban insurgents were controlling most areas of the Helmand province.

Senator Hashem Alkozai said that Taliban were controlling 75 percent of Helmand province while the rest is controlled by the government. Criticizing the government for not paying much heed to the ‘treacherous policy’ of Pakistan, he said that Pakistani flags were hosted in some parts of Helmand.

Gulalay Akbari, a senator from Badakhshan, said that the Taliban insurgents extorting money from the people. Expressing deep concern over growing insecurity in the province, Akbari said that the Taliban insurgents asked people to join them. “If anyone rejects to join them (Taliban), they demand Afs 50,000 on monthly basis from that person,” Akbari added.

The former minister of interior Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Saturday blamed Pakistan for sabotaging the Afghan peace process and said that Islamabad never wanted to stop interference into Afghanistan’s internal affairs. But this is what Pakistan always denied, he said, referring to Pakistan’s interference.  “Pakistan making efforts to pursue its strategic objectives by interfering into the internal affairs of Afghanistan and sabotaging the peace drive,” said Daudzai, who is also a member of the Council for Protection and Stability in Afghanistan.

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