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Karzai urges Pakistan to avoid threats toward Afghanistan

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Kabul: Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai on Tuesday called upon Islamabad to stop issuing threats and carry out “deep review” of its decades long policies related to Afghanistan, adding that prevailing “insecurity” in Pakistan is the result of policies of its own government.

His statement came in response to yesterday’s National Security Committee (NSC) meeting wherein an explicit message was sent to the Afghan interim government that Pakistan would not allow its neighbour to provide sanctuaries and facilitate terrorists.

The Pakistan National Security Council meeting, which convened amid a surge in violence, was expected primarily to develop a new strategy or modify an existing strategy to deal with the new security challenge.

“The forum concluded that no country will be allowed to provide sanctuaries and facilitation to terrorists and Pakistan reserves all rights in that respect to safeguard her people,” says the statement without naming Afghanistan.

Though not explicitly said, the statement indicated that Pakistan might resort to targeting the terrorist safe havens across the border if Afghanistan did not take the appropriate action.

“The people of Pakistan are Afghans’ neighbours & brothers but insecurity & the current situation in Pakistan are mostly due to policies of the Pakistani govt,” Karzai was tweeted.

In the statement, Karzai urged Pakistani government to have a “deep review” of its policies of the past decades and make changes to it.

The former Afghan president also asked Pakistan to avoid threats “over the use of excessive force and facilitate good and civilised relations with Afghanistan to ensure stability and peace in the region”.

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