Ashraf Ghani’s statement meant to please India, says Sartaj Aziz | World News - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Ashraf Ghani’s statement meant to please India, says Sartaj Aziz

ByIANS, Islamabad
Dec 05, 2016 03:01 PM IST

Pakistan’s top diplomat Sartaj Aziz on Monday lashed out at Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s for calling Pakistan a terror sanctuary in his remarks at the Heart of Asia conference.

Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz speaks during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on December 4 after attending the 6th Heart of Asia (HoA) Ministerial Conference in Amritsar.(AFP Photo)
Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz speaks during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on December 4 after attending the 6th Heart of Asia (HoA) Ministerial Conference in Amritsar.(AFP Photo)

Aziz, who returned home late Sunday after attending the conference in Amritsar, said that since the conference was about Afghanistan “that is why we wished that the ongoing relationships between Pakistan and India should not affect the peace process within Afghanistan”.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

However, Pakistan’s de facto foreign policy chief felt Ghani’s statement was incomprehensible and condemnable, and contended that it was meant to “please India”.

He also revealed that in his meeting with Ghani, he assured the Afghan President of Pakistan’s wish for peace in Afghanistan and proper security mechanisms along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Aziz said that Pakistan was always being blamed whenever there was an attack inside India and Afghanistan despite the fact that it was striving to promote peace in the region.

“If I had not been to India, it certainly would have a backlash as India would have got another opportunity of spreading propaganda,” he said.

Blaming the Indian media, Aziz said it was highlighting the issue of terrorism in a wrong way and on purpose so as to pressurise Pakistan.

He also claimed that the security arrangements within India were not satisfactory.

“It is totally incomprehensible not to allow someone to talk to media.”

Read| Ghani’s criticism of Pakistan affirms India’s portrayal of Islamabad

Discover the complete story of India's general elections on our exclusive Elections Product! Access all the content absolutely free on the HT App. Download now!

Get Latest World News, along with Latest News from India at Hindustan Times.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On