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Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi sees zero role for India in Afghanistan

Pakistan sees “zero” political or military role for India in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Thursday

india Updated: Sep 21, 2017 23:33 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi answers a question during the panel discussion with the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)

Pakistan sees “zero” political or military role for India in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Thursday, weeks after US President Donald Trump sought more help from New Delhi to bring peace and stability in the war-torn country.

Trump, while announcing his new Afghan and South Asia policy last month, had criticised Pakistan for harbouring terrorists. He had also called on India to help the US more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development.

Asked about India’s role in Afghanistan, Abbasi said, “Zero.”

“We don’t foresee any political or military role for India in Afghanistan. I think it will just complicate the situation and it will not resolve anything. So if they want to do economic assistance, that’s their prerogative, but we don’t accept or see any role politically or militarily for India in Afghanistan,” he said.

“Do you see a business role for them in Afghanistan as investors?” he was asked.

“That’s up to them. All countries have the right to trade with each other, invest in other countries. So if they want to do that...and India has invested in Afghanistan in the past,” he said.

The Pakistan PM dismissed the question of links between the Haqqani network and Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI.

“..We do not condone any activities by any organisation to pose a terrorist threat within Pakistan or to export it to other countries,” Abbasi said.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 23:30 IST