KABUL, Dec 8: Afghanistan and Pakistan were locked in a war of words on Thursday over a shrine bombing that killed at least 55 people in Kabul on Tuesday and which the Afghan government blamed on a Pakistani militant group.
Islamabad called for an end to the blame game after Kabul demanded action against the group, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.
“It is high time to get out of the blame game as such and to move forward in the spirit of cooperation,” said Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit.
“Publicly accusing Pakistan of unfounded events and things do create problems at some stage,” he told a media briefing.
“We would like to have a relationship that is free of recrimination and blame game,” he added.
Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are tense, and frequently spiral into mutual accusations over the violence plaguing the two countries.
Kabul said on Thursday that it was up to Pakistan to investigate without waiting any longer after Pakistan called for hard evidence to support claims that the proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi group was responsible.
“It’s up to Pakistan to take action and find out where and how the contact was made by Lashkar-i-Jhangvi from inside Pakistan. They shouldn’t wait for us to provide them with evidence,” a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s said.Aimal Faizi said an Afghan investigation was under way.
Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, accused of having links with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, has been blamed for killing thousands of people in sectarian attacks in Pakistan.—AFP