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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani pose for the group picture at the 6th Heart of Asia (HoA) Ministerial Conference. ─AFP
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani pose for the group picture at the 6th Heart of Asia (HoA) Ministerial Conference. ─AFP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined hands to lash out at Pakistan on terrorism as the subject took centre stage at the inauguration of the sixth Heart of Asia ministerial conference on Sunday in Amritsar.

The theme of the conference is 'enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia region', and speculation was rife that India and Afghanistan would seek to pin Pakistan on terrorism.

Ashraf Ghani opened the conference by snubbing a $500 million pledge from Pakistan for development projects in Afghanistan, saying Afghanistan 'needs aid to fight terrorism', Times of India reported.

"We need to identify cross-border terrorism and a fund to combat terrorism. Pakistan has pledged $500m for Afghanistan's development. This amount can be spent to contain extremism," Ghani said, directly addressing Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz who was in attendance at the two-day moot.

"Afghanistan suffered the highest number of casualties last year. This is unacceptable... Some still provide sanctuary for terrorists. As a Taliban figure said recently, if they had no sanctuary in Pakistan, they wouldn't last a month," the Afghan president thundered.

Attendees pose for a photograph at the conference. ─ AFP
Attendees pose for a photograph at the conference. ─ AFP

"I don't want a blame game, I want clarifications on what is being done to prevent the export of terror," Ghani said.

He emphasised the need to "confront the fifth spectrum in the room, which is terrorism" and called on Pakistan to "verify cross-border activities".

The Afghan president appreciated India's support to Afghanistan, which he said comes "with no strings attached".

"The relationship is based on shared values and beliefs," Ghani said.

Must counter terrorists: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his opening remarks termed terrorism "the biggest threat to Afghanistan's peace and the region," Indian media reported.

Although the Indian premier did not refer explicitly to Pakistan in his speech at the Heart of Asia conference, Modi has vowed to step up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically following the Uri army base attack in September, which it blames on Pakistan ─ an allegation Islamabad denies.

Hours after the Uri attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a 'terrorist state' and accused Pakistan of involvement.

Addressing the moot, Modi said, "We must counter terrorists and their masters. We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror network that cause bloodshed and spread fear."

"Silence and inaction on terror in Afghanistan and the region will only embolden terrorists and masters and those fund them," he said.

Modi said India is committed to 'durable peace' in Afghanistan, and announced plans to connect India and Afghanistan via an air link, as well as discussed the possibility of trilateral cooperation over Iran's Chahbahar port.

Read more: India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pakistan

"India-Afghanistan-Iran cooperation on the Chahbahar port will help Afghanistan to connect its economy to the rest of the world," Modi said.

Aziz slams Ghani's 'baseless accusations', says Pakistan wants peace with India

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz slammed Ghani's 'baseless accusations' on Pakistan and called for evolving a joint and purposeful strategy for lasting peace in Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

"It is simplistic to blame only one country for the recent upsurge in violence. We need to have an objective and holistic view," he said.

"Peaceful resolution to all the longstanding issues is the only way forward for regional cooperation and connectivity,"

"Pakistan is ready to extend every kind of cooperation for lasting peace in Afghanistan," he said, adding that Afghanistan should avoid levelling false and baseless accusations at Pakistan.

He underlined the need to address through effective and collective efforts the continuing wave of terrorism and violence in Afghanistan which had claimed scores of human lives and observed that the signing of a peace agreement between the Afghan government and Hizb-i-Islami may serve as a model for talks with other groups in the future.

The adviser said that peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban had not produced positive results, adding that Pakistan was making a serious effort to facilitate peace talks through the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG).

He urged all QCG members to continue their efforts for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban. "In our view, there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and all our efforts should be to achieve a politically negotiated settlement through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process," he said.

Aziz also regretted the postponement of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit scheduled in Islamabad, by saying that it was a setback to efforts for promoting regional cooperation and undermined its spirit.

Sartaj Aziz and Indian PM Narendra Modi shake hands upon the former's arrival in India. ─ Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan
Sartaj Aziz and Indian PM Narendra Modi shake hands upon the former's arrival in India. ─ Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan

Speaking to journalists in Amritsar earlier, Aziz said Pakistan prioritises peace and is ready for talks with India if New Delhi desires the same, the Press Information Department said in a statement.

"Terrorism is one of the issues to be discussed under the composite dialogue with India," Aziz said, adding that both countries should sit together and discuss issues instead of engaging in heated debate in the media.

"If we do not have structured dialogue, then the dialogue through media increases hostility and negative perceptions," he said.

"Pakistan is committed to peace and security of the region and to promote multilateral peace for this purpose," he said, adding that this was one of the reasons he attended the conference in India.

Aziz arrives in Amritsar

The two-day moot kicked off amidst a media frenzy as a handshake between Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparked speculation regarding the possibility of a Pak-India meeting on the sidelines of the event.

Sartaj Aziz, Pak High Commissioner Abdul Basit attend dinner at Heart of Asia in Amritsar Saturday. ─ Photo courtesy Indian Express
Sartaj Aziz, Pak High Commissioner Abdul Basit attend dinner at Heart of Asia in Amritsar Saturday. ─ Photo courtesy Indian Express

Reports speculated whether Sartaj Aziz’s early arrival in India on Saturday presaged a ‘chance’ bilateral meeting with Indian PM Modi, who is hosting the multilateral conference on Afghanistan.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesman Vikas Swarup has, however, rubbished the rumours citing "a climate of continued terrorism" as the reason bilateral talks may not take place. "India will never accept continued terrorism as the new normal of the bilateral relationship,"

Prior to the meet, Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held bilateral talks focusing on a range of issues, including trade, investment, infrastructural development and increasing defence and security ties.

Sartaj Aziz also met Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Ashraf Ghani separately on the sidelines of the ministerial conference.

Heart of Asia process

The initiative was launched in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey for encouraging economic and security cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours for dealing with the common problems of terrorism, extremism and poverty

A senior officials’ meeting of the Heart of Asia process, themed 'Addressing Challenges, Achieving Prosperity', was held on Saturday and their deliberations were to feed into the ministerial session today.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates are part of the Heart of Asia initiative.

Six key areas in which the 14 countries have been pursuing confidence-building measures since the 2013 Almaty meeting are disaster management, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, trade and investment, regional infrastructure, and education.

The process is supported by 17 other, predominantly Western, countries, and 12 international organisations which are also sending senior representatives.

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Mazhar Dec 04, 2016 12:14pm

Hope for best

Naveedkhan Dec 04, 2016 12:33pm

Excellent gesture by Pakistan in participating. Wish the two countries shun the hostile environment and work towards a common goal. I have been a big proponent of involving India in the CPEC once we resolve our outstanding issues.

POLITY Dec 04, 2016 01:01pm

Now Air bridge is the only option for India and Afganistan at the cost of Indian tax payers. Both the countries should forget about land route for good.

Nomi Goraya Dec 04, 2016 01:02pm

Great diplomatic move by Pakistan it is win win from all point of views as in successful diplomacy you keep the doors open while sticking to your stance. I hope Pakistan response to all provocation by India and Afghanistan will be all decent measured and diplomatic. They say terrorism we have lived through it and know the horrors. They talk about PEACE we know how much it hurts when there is no PEACE. We know peace can be restored and countries can be protected with understanding and good relations. Pakistan must not be involved in mess on all fronts in Afghanistan while at the same time put all the best to place own house in order and develop good neighborly relationship with Afghanistan for peace and stability of Pakistan.

Good Point Dec 04, 2016 01:42pm

@Naveedkhan , yes naveed let us hope good things will happen.

Kamal PASHA Dec 04, 2016 02:22pm

Both India and Afghanistan have been lashing out at Pakistan since long time but Pakistan is on a very friendly terms with the West,China and Russia. Keep on shouting against Pakistan,but nobody cares.They all know the real reason is Kashmir.

Parvez Dec 04, 2016 02:26pm

Expected.

Muhammad Dec 04, 2016 02:34pm

We have to settle all our issues and a live togather as a good neighbours.

Zak Dec 04, 2016 02:46pm

World knows their is no truth in the allegations of India and Afghanistan, if any country has stood against terrorism and has been champion and victor in eradicating it , it is Pakistan,also we have made unparalleled sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, infact it was India and Afghanistan which are the root cause and fountain head of hydra which brought terrorism into life and is now spearheading in spreading its tentacles world wide.

SDA Dec 04, 2016 02:49pm

Ghani needs to smell some coffee. Culprit is standing right next to you.

patriot Dec 04, 2016 02:53pm

We will continue to support kashmiris even if the whole world goes on fire

Funny Dec 04, 2016 03:02pm

@patriot , Yes; We will also continue to support Kashmir people.

Muhammad Imran Dec 04, 2016 03:03pm

we should not have any kind of relationship with india and afganistan, as they are enemy of pakistan. in the mice they lash out against pakistan and want destructive pakistan and on the other hand you meet with them

divergence Dec 04, 2016 03:04pm

afghanistan has to blame its corruption, not Pakistan, because if it were no corruption from the military aid this country has received, Afghan forces would have been better equipped and trained to beat the terrorists. Do leaders like ghani become incompetent as to not raise voice against Indian terrorism in Kashmir? If countries like afghanistan use their minds, they would not let their country become a terrorists' haven against Pakistan, this is the precise reason afghan refugees have been sent back.

Harmony-1© Dec 04, 2016 03:06pm

Blame game is silly as it's a duplicitous stance from Modi and Ghani.

Zak from panama Dec 04, 2016 03:08pm

Pakistan has made maximum sacrifice and is also a victim of terrorism. Afghanistan refugees are still there in Pakistan. India should know that Pakistan has not been aggressive for Kashmir till today

Mofi is scared and cannot accept the fact that slowly Pakistan is becoming stronger and a world leader after CPEC. Therefore they are doing negative propaganda.

We should take support of Trump and China to make India see reason.

M_Khan Dec 04, 2016 03:09pm

Afghanistan and India lashing out pakistan on terrorism? Now i have read everything. Time to leave the planet

divergence Dec 04, 2016 03:07pm

@Muhammad Imran I believe afghanistan's grievances can be addressed by supporting development in their country and stay away from any terrorist group in afghanistan. Even if afghans don't mend their ways, it's time to say goodbye. About India, it is India's own decision as to where it wants to go in the event of China rising in south asia, because that's what Indian primary worry is, not terrorism.

PAKISTANI? Dec 04, 2016 03:11pm

@Kamal PASHA , Kamal PASHA, Kamal PASHA, How long will you sleep ? How long ? Wake up. Wake up, Wake up.

Sympathiser Dec 04, 2016 03:16pm

@Naveedkhan yes I agree..

aslam shaikh1 Dec 04, 2016 03:18pm

We live in interesting times where biggest exporters of terrorism and biggest violators of human rights blame the country which has the most deaths due to external sponsored terrorism.

amed Dec 04, 2016 03:21pm

We were not expecting any good from you guys.

Pinto Dec 04, 2016 03:25pm

Salute...Heart of Assia...IndiaAfganistanpakistan-bhai Bhai. Humanity and peace of mind will trauph

Paggrri Sambhal Dec 04, 2016 03:36pm

Somebody needs to tell Ghani to tack back his refugees.They are involved in robberies and all sort of street crimes.

Waseem Sarwar Dec 04, 2016 03:37pm

There is something seriously wrong in government's foreign policy. Either listen and implement what India and Afghanistan are saying or take a stand for Lord's sake. I never thought Afghanistan would be dictating Pakistan on what to do. Send Afghan ambassador back with all Afghans and stop facilitating of any peace process. Afghan government have the audacity to talk about cross border terrorism when they don't have any control outside Kabul themselves.

PakSal Dec 04, 2016 03:46pm

Ghani will get a few bucks here and there but Pakistan is going to be the neighbour forever so know who you need to deal with, there's no other choice.

Thought Dec 04, 2016 03:50pm

It was good gesture by Pakistan to attend this conference to let the world know that Pakistan is not the culprit

ABood Dec 04, 2016 03:55pm

Lest build a wall with afghanistan this will help both the nations.take some lessons from trump guys.

Ahmad Dec 04, 2016 03:55pm

@patriot And About fire i'd say People we used in Kashmir, Later on used in Afghanistan and Now they are turning against us. Killing our own every now and then. What Does Support To kashmir and Palestine Has given us? We can support others when we are Able enough. Lets Be able Enough to Make our Voice Matter on International Forums. Everybody will listen to you and your Support Will matter when Pakistan Will be a Great country.

ABood Dec 04, 2016 03:55pm

@Waseem Sarwar .build a walll on the border.thats the best solution to the problem.

M.Saeed Dec 04, 2016 03:58pm

Should have asked who is hiding and feeding Fazalullah of TTP in Afghanistan?

Usman Khan Dec 04, 2016 04:06pm

Poor decision of participating in HoA conference. Nawaz and company leaving no venue to led down Pakistan.

Rafiq Dec 04, 2016 04:05pm

Where is the sartaj aziz in group photo ?

I Sarfraz Dec 04, 2016 04:09pm

AFGHAN president needs to sort out his own country before accusing Pakistan. He is forgetting how militants attacks Pakistani troops and civilians who are based in Afghanistan.

DJ Dec 04, 2016 04:10pm

I am sure our government was well informed about all these but despite knowing all this they sent Sartaj Aziz to attend it.We should have clearly anticipated and boycotted this conference.

Kool Dec 04, 2016 04:13pm

If Pakistan is exporting terror than why this ghani is not letting us build a wall.He is just a paid Indian actor.

kings way Dec 04, 2016 04:34pm

Let Pakistan and India accept mediation offer from Iran.

Pak-Kiwi Dec 04, 2016 04:39pm

After reading all news from heart of Asia, its very clear un-thankful Afghan and Indian mind set would never change in million years. Unfortunately, Pakistan got stuck in between two un-thankful neighbors. Please send all Afghan refugees to India. I am speechless...

Mohammad Ali Khan Dec 04, 2016 04:41pm

Mythology gives rise to fanaticism and divisiveness.Hindus and Muslims are digging up their myths and polishing them as their new love.Let go of this love as it blinding all sides and creating hate between brothers.

kings way Dec 04, 2016 04:41pm

@Kool , Because, there is border dispute.

san Dec 04, 2016 04:41pm

It is funny that Afghanistan bashing others for terrorism in front of a (Modi). Modi is a person who was previously banned by many foreign countries for entering their country. At least we are fighting against terrorism not like India, who is giving their command to terrorists

SHAHID MAHMOOD Dec 04, 2016 04:44pm

@POLITY They should pay for this as well. The, so called flying over Pakistan. Enough abuse from india and afghanistan.

Mirza Dec 04, 2016 04:50pm

Pakistan should withdraw $500 milliom aid offer with immediate effect. Deport all remaing refugees and search others spread inside terrotry, not allow its air space for any trade flights to n from afghanisran to india n vise versa. Let this thankless government sinj in irs own hole.

Basit Ali Dec 04, 2016 04:50pm

Why did Pakistan has pledged $500m for Afghanistan's development, when we can use that on our own people, who is funding that money?

Omar Sadiq Dec 04, 2016 04:52pm

Just send the 3 million Afghanis out of our country. Stop the trade between Pak and Afghan countries. Build walls and fences on the border with this traitorous country.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Dec 04, 2016 04:52pm

@Pak-Kiwi Fully Agreed.

Syed Naseem Ahmed Dec 04, 2016 04:52pm

The more money you pour in Ghani mouth he will talk more in your favour and against your enemy .

Syed Naseem Ahmed

Adil Jadoon Dec 04, 2016 04:58pm

Why is this even in India??? Why are we providing any aid to Afghanistan??? What sort of an incompetent govt. Do we have... Laughable.

Hamid Khan Dec 04, 2016 05:05pm

Pakistan's Participation in the Heart of Asia conference was an excellent gesture.But the treatment which Pakistan received by the hand of Afghan President and Indian PM was really a shocking.Afghanistan and Pakistan now must come out of blame game.

shah Dec 04, 2016 05:11pm

Ghani does not need Pakistan help. Send back his refugees.

Anil Dec 04, 2016 05:23pm

@patriot Good stance.

Rakesh Dec 04, 2016 05:24pm

How much money would be available for health and education and development in the 3 countries if we all stop quarreling with each other and shun terrorism of all kind ? Peace and brotherhood should reign here like the old times our forefathers had seen . Politicians want to divide people and US and other arm suppliers want to earn money by selling us their produce . We are gullible ; that's why they are advanced !!!

Desipardesi Dec 04, 2016 05:25pm

$500M to AFG from PAK? Where is Pak Govt going to find that money?! Pak needs all that money for it's own infrastructure and food.

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 04, 2016 05:28pm

Funny Afghan President is so anti Pak. 5 millions Afghans live with us in our hearts in Pakistan, I wonder how many millions Afghans Narendra has given home too in India. Hate us, both of you guys, we will love our nation with more passion. Pakistan first.

Umar Dec 04, 2016 05:28pm

India and Afghanistan behaving like spoilt children ganging up against Pakistan . Pakistan has come out of this charade rather well

M.Saeed Dec 04, 2016 05:34pm

@Ahmad: This already proves we indeed are a great country. Otherwise, why the whole world is trying to stop our fight against terror they have bred and launched against us?

DJ Dec 04, 2016 05:37pm

@shah Ghani will leave to US or London after competing tenure but what will happen to all those poor afghan migrants who are living in Pakistan from decades and know nothing about Afghanistan.

iMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 04, 2016 05:42pm

@Rakesh Yaar mereh bhai. Narendra needs to come on the table to talk about resolving Kashmir, but sadly fundamentalism mindset of RSS hate group will never change. India has more billionaires along with 600 million poor folks that's more than Pakistan's population. India is over populated and have many issues superstitious lifestylestill continues in the society, rather than solving these issues, Narendra is blaming all is Pakistan fault. We have no choice left but to protect our land, we are a small country. Thank God for our scientists, technicians and Armed forces. Love you Pakistan and have love for India also to prosper.

answer Dec 04, 2016 05:44pm

@Basit Ali You and me...the tax payers who else. ?

TM Dec 04, 2016 05:47pm

@POLITY Pakistan will not allow its air space for the air cargo. Unless Afghanistan amends its behavior and comes in to terms with Pakistan, there is no way that Afghanistan can do business with India.

Global Peace Dec 04, 2016 05:49pm

@PakSal yes and india will remain as western neighbor so if do not want good relation with both then ?

sara.afdal Dec 04, 2016 05:49pm

Afghans are very ungrateful and unfaithful people. No matter what you do and how much you do for them, they always hit you from the behind. This is obvious from the attitude of Ashraf Ghani, he is so naive that he cannot distinguish between friends and foes. Pakistan should shut its borders for afghans.

iMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 04, 2016 05:51pm

@Umar Afghanistan is a friendly country as far as people goes we share ethnic relation with them. Millions of Pakistanis share their heritage, language, culture, religion and geography with Afghanistan. Pakistanis can never hate Afghani brothers and we have common bonds with Afghanistan. We Pakistanis can say the same about India also with our common bonds. Our heart has love for Afghans and Indians, but there is no compromise on our national security.

jagajilly Dec 04, 2016 05:57pm

@POLITY and people who thinks Pak can arm twist India should first know that India can decide whether you drink water or not at the same time

answer Dec 04, 2016 05:58pm

@Rafiq . Not to be seen, I was also wondering, where is the gentleman?

wajahat hussain Dec 04, 2016 06:04pm

India canceled SAARC summit in Pakistan, after this event attending heart of Asia in India is nothing else than insulting our country, and India insulted Pakistan by using Afghanistan, a country whose more than 3 million citizens are residing in Pakistan without any passport, visa and other legalities, and Pakistan has helped Afghanistan in every difficult time, This response from Afghanistan despite all the support is disgusting and unacceptable, Pakistan armed forces have successfully launched Zarb e azb operation and eliminate terror network on our soil. Pakistan Govt diplomacy is very week and needs to take strong stance on issues on foreign with India and Afghanistan.

AZAAD Dec 04, 2016 06:06pm

@iMTIAZ ALI KHAN Beautifully written brother. Nazdikiyan dooriyan ban gayi, yeh afsos ....

Mazhar Dec 04, 2016 06:10pm

Shameful of Ashraf Ghani who has been hosting Mullah Fazal and other terrorists working against Pakistan.

iMITIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 04, 2016 06:10pm

@wajahat hussain Yes the response is disgusting from Afghan government, but people of Afghanistan are our brothers and sisters. The Afg government is a puppet show with strings controlled by different nations all across the world.

Zak from panama Dec 04, 2016 06:13pm

@jagajilly

Indian TOI report says that Pakistan PM is invited to attend Oath Ceremony of Trump. So forget about isolation and better take care !!

iMITIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 04, 2016 06:14pm

@AZAAD Glass is half full good leadership on all sides and things will get better. Both Indian and Pak leaders are a failed show, the problems are bigger than crying done during speeches by Nawaz and Narendra.

M Mirza Dec 04, 2016 06:22pm

This mute Foreign Advisor deserves all this .

nothingwrongwwahala Dec 04, 2016 06:20pm

@SDA we know.

Khalid Dec 04, 2016 06:20pm

I wish S Aziz only knew how to befitting reply. With such aggressive speeches from Ghani and Modi, you don't go apologetic and defensive. You go diplomatically offensive. I wish they can go to the library and start watching ZAB videos. What a shame this Pakistani Foreign Officer is!

Taimur Dec 04, 2016 06:21pm

The only solution is to send all Afghans back to Afghanistan or to India.

Pakistani Dec 04, 2016 06:22pm

"Ghani" speaks his Master's "Modi" language, our Afghan brothers and sisters with whom our hearts are connected are suffering under this selected but not elected president. Hope for the best for Afghans, we will always treat them as one of us, no mater Ghani is there or not. Modi should learn from long history.

CMH Dec 04, 2016 06:23pm

Afghans have always been vandals in history. Pakistan should herd out all refugees if they can. Afghanistan is worst enemy than India.Our rulers need to rise above personal interests.

nothingwrongwwahala Dec 04, 2016 06:26pm

day after day, year after year you all write the same things. this is why everything you say is disregarded. You don't even see this which is even weirder!

wajahat hussain Dec 04, 2016 06:32pm

@iMITIAZ ALI KHAN I agree, people of Afghanistan are our brothers and sisters as we have a common history, common culture and common religion but the attitude of Afghanistan Govt towards Pakistan is unacceptable. So we should rethink our foreign policy and take concrete steps to counter this hostile campaign against Pakistan

zahiduddin Dec 04, 2016 06:35pm

@jagajilly In your dreams. India cannot even decide for its own people. Look at how many indians die every year due to hunger and starvation.

Mohammad S. Khalid Dec 04, 2016 06:35pm

No Peace in Afghanistan, until and unless USA and India are ousted from there.

Ghaznavi Dec 04, 2016 06:42pm

Mr ghani should ask the person he is standing with the source of terrorism. Then ask the Muslims of Gujarat and Kashmiris and they will tell you it's the man standing next to you.

salman Dec 04, 2016 06:42pm

Pakistan should strive to improve relationship with India and Afghanistan and it will ultimately result in the overall development of Pakistan.

Masood Hussain Dec 04, 2016 06:42pm

We appreciate Iran offer to mediate between India& Pakistan and at the same time we condemn Afghan&Indian attitude to blame Pakistan for their difficulties without proper investigations.Pakistan has suffered much more at the hands of terrorists,than any other country.

Ghaznavi Dec 04, 2016 06:45pm

Taliban is an Afghan problem sort it out yourself

irfan. UK Dec 04, 2016 06:48pm

These Afghans will never be grateful for the sanctuary provided for them when their country was war stricken. Yes the vermin politicians in Pakistan have at times played a double role of duplicity but the terrorism exported by the Afghans into pakistan have brought the country to its knees. Ghani barks on about the terrorism from Pakistan but is blind to the terrorism inflicted upon the inhabitants of Jammu&Kashmir. One last thing living here in the UK I'm just curious about Mr Sartaj Aziz is he elected from his constituency or just another cronie sent to represent his country without any mandate.

SKS Dec 04, 2016 06:51pm

@Ghaznavi-TTP is Pakistan problem? This is why world does not have sympathy since you have dont have it for others

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 04, 2016 06:57pm

@SKS :). I do think Pak has few all-weather friendly countries. The world knows about it too, it's not a secret.

LAHORI KID Dec 04, 2016 07:05pm

This is a total waste of time, but indeed the leaders will spend more time blaming the other side, which in reality just adds fuel to the fire.

ayaz abbasi Dec 04, 2016 07:08pm

It was expected ! Yet Pakistan too good decision to participate.

Sami Qureshi Dec 04, 2016 07:20pm

It is not a diplomatic game. India just chose a venue at the border to blame pakistan of terrorism after the world rejected the same attempt by India at Goa Summit. India and Afghanistan tried together to pressurize Pakistan under an international Forum at Amritsar with the same old charges. The threat is only a fluke ; They are actually after CPEC, whether to sabotage it or to gain extra concessions to enter this trade route. If they get concessions through this international trade route then India and Afghanistan would be more benefited than Pakistan itself .

syed wasim haider Dec 04, 2016 07:24pm

A sad day for Pakistan due to absence of a good foreign minister.

curious mind Dec 04, 2016 07:25pm

more you go height when more they go low.

aslam shaikh1 Dec 04, 2016 07:29pm

@Pak-Kiwi the Afghan government does not represent the people. People of Afghanistan respect Pakistan and would never say or do anything bad.

Democrate1 Dec 04, 2016 07:32pm

All three to stop blame game and start living freindly that's what majority of People of these countries want ....I bet.

Ghaznavi Dec 04, 2016 07:36pm

@SKS we had no problem until the thick and spineless afghan couldn't stand against the Russians. It was thanks to Pakistan who fought the Russians with Usa help to kick them out and give afghans their country back to them. Now ghani has the cheek to stand next to Indians , Russian allies and point fingers at Pakistan.

SKS Dec 04, 2016 07:37pm

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN -If you mean by China and Turkey, depending on CPEC, you will know about the 'friendship' with China.

Global Peace Dec 04, 2016 07:40pm

@patriot yes we will also support Kashmir people who are thrown out of kashmir.

Just sayin... Dec 04, 2016 07:44pm

@Kamal PASHA ...Both India and Afghanistan have been lashing out at Pakistan since long time but Pakistan is on a very friendly terms with the West,China and Russia.

Oh dear, what a serious miscalculation. Just open newspapers of last 7 days, you will understand where you really stand.

Ayub Dec 04, 2016 07:46pm

Due to our bad policies, Afghanistan slipped out of our hands to India.

asgher Dec 04, 2016 07:45pm

This was expected and well responded by Mr. Sirtaj Aziz. Pakistan should not indulge itself in small pep talks.

JYD Dec 04, 2016 07:47pm

Sirtaj Aziz interview is a million bucks interview - you rocks Mr. Aziz.

shakil Dec 04, 2016 07:47pm

Afghanistan is still occupied by NATO, and therefore it is unfortunate that its president is bound to do their bidding. Pakistan is the only country which can really help Afghanistan in all respects in the short and long run. Afghani President is not being sincere to his own country by playing in the hands of his exploiters just to spite Pakistan. Pakistanis are well-wishers of Afghani people but Mr. Ghani seems bent upon harming Afghanistan's interests.

Zealot Dec 04, 2016 08:02pm

Sartaj aziz received """warm wellcome"""

jazzy Dec 04, 2016 08:01pm

Listen Indians. Afg are thanksless nation. We fed them half century, if can't be ours..forget it this bridge .

Ahmed Dec 04, 2016 08:01pm

My sympathy with people of Afghanistan. The government is thankless.

Ravi Dec 04, 2016 08:18pm

Terrorism is a cancer to the world, everyone should think "what is the place and source of it", so as to get rid of it.

TRUEMANN Dec 04, 2016 08:19pm

@Omar Sadiq - Just like upper riparian is bound by law to release water to lower riparian, a country with access to seas is bound by law to provide trade routes to a land locked country. You can't block trade routes of AFG thru PAK. Also don't forget that AFG is also a upper riparian for Kabul river which adds to the Indus basin.

soj Dec 04, 2016 08:22pm

@sara.afdal , Shutting down the borders and Stopping Cross border terrorism would be good for Sustainable peace in the region.

Alla Bux Dec 04, 2016 08:28pm

Mr Ghani, unlike his predecessor, tried his best to repair the relations between our countries but we did not reciprocate. Instead we continued to provide sanctuaries to Taliban and its leaders. Mulla Omar died in our country and we never even told Afghans about it. How do we build bridges with this type of foreign policy?

Alla Bux Dec 04, 2016 08:30pm

@Ghaznavi He is not interested in Kashmir or Gujarat. He is just interested, as all good leaders should be, in what is happening in his country. And he is pointing fingers at us.

sana-1 Dec 04, 2016 08:31pm

There's a saying in Urdu "for some people words are not enough" Pakistan needs an attitude who doesn't talk but shows Afghanistan who's the boss here..completely shut off Afghanistan and their refugees who ate billions of dollars and our resources throw them out without looking back! There is no need to show mercy on those who continuously back stab you, enough of this brotherhood!....and as far as India is concerned we Alone are enough for them !

udacha Dec 04, 2016 08:36pm

All countries can say whatever, but Pakistan will do whatever it wishes to do. Great work!!! There is not a single country which can tell Pakistan what to do. Maybe US earlier, but nomore. China maybe, but soon it would also have to learn. Keep complaining guys, Pakistan doesn't cares. And no one can do anything about it!!

Shafique USA Dec 04, 2016 08:38pm

PMLN failed miserably on foreign policy. where is all the experience of Sartaj Aziz if it cannot not help improve relationship with Afghanistan

Khilari Dec 04, 2016 08:38pm

I want to know what is Afghanistan doing to cut down on export of terrorism from its land?

Waseem Sarwar Dec 04, 2016 08:39pm

@ABood, India haven't been able to control LOC despite spending a fortune. Why should Pakistan waste taxpayers money when we can achieve better results with less effort. I am personally never against any country or race but when I see Afghan government whining and crying on TV and news while I see few afghans working and earning living for their families outside my door, we have the right to react and ask questions.

Hafeez Dec 04, 2016 08:40pm

Pakistan needs to bicott such meetings like how India bicott sarc

Faraz Dec 04, 2016 08:41pm

With comments of Afghanistan and India in the media, a plan to build China-like border wall with both of theses countries would certainly prevent cross border incidences and terrorism. Pakistan should allow these two love birds to flyover until the honeymoon lasts between the two.

Nooru52 Dec 04, 2016 08:52pm

If India Want Peace in Afghanistan why they are not joining NATO forces and send there army to Afghanistan.

Syed tariq Dec 04, 2016 08:51pm

Why Sartaj Aziz did not mention the sanctuary provided by Afghanistan to Pakistani Taliban flushed out from North Waziristan & Indian army officer caught in Baluchistan running a network of terrorism in Pakistan?Why Nawaz Sharif & Company do not lash out at India & Afghanistan in the same way as they do?

Kashif uddIn Dec 04, 2016 08:52pm

It's time to topple this puppet government of Afghanistan and help to bring true democracy in country

Jubeir Dec 04, 2016 08:56pm

@POLITY what you don't see is that afghans are going to stop land route to Central Asia from Pakistan making it more expensive for Pakistan . Look at the map and you will know the implications .

Alba Dec 04, 2016 09:02pm

@divergence ... Are Afghans Kashmiris? I haven't noticed.

Desi Bhai Dec 04, 2016 09:08pm

If you want to play with the big boys, then you need to clean your house first.

SalU Dec 04, 2016 09:09pm

India is using Afghanistan against his brother, Afghan must remember that it was Pakistan who provided them with shelter and food during its hard time, where was India than? we at Pakistan is enjoying the show as india is wasting there time, money and resources just for nothing. If india wants to compete with Pakistan than it has to do more to eradicate poverty!

Abx Dec 04, 2016 09:15pm

Its a waste of time. Seal the afghan border deport them. End of story

Crazyworld Dec 04, 2016 09:24pm

@Zak from panama CPEC will bankrupt you. What % of the CPEC funding by China is interest free? Not a penny is the answer. The Chinese have made you borrow from them at a high rate to fulfill their dream.

Visitor Dec 04, 2016 09:30pm

@Nomi Goraya looks like you are contradicting ypur self with the sentence of keeping the doors open but sticking to your stance. It essentially leads to a stalemate when you stick to your stance eventhough you leave yourself open to alternatives as you are in no mood to accept any.

Honest Dec 04, 2016 09:33pm

@Nomi Goraya ..Do it and then talk peace!!

Chelfls Dec 04, 2016 09:33pm

"Pakistan is committed to peace and security of the region and to promote multilateral peace for this purpose," he (aziz)said.

good thing to be noted by the asian countries.

longlive world peace.

Honest Dec 04, 2016 09:33pm

@Muhammad ..A good sane voice from pak

Honest Dec 04, 2016 09:33pm

@Muhammad Imran Immature comment

Honest Dec 04, 2016 09:36pm

@kings way Very funny!!

Chelfls Dec 04, 2016 09:39pm

@salman well said salman

zak Dec 04, 2016 09:43pm

No one can pin Pakistan. It is too strong and knows how to deal with deceivers, double faced, connivers. And they dont like it.

Chelfls Dec 04, 2016 09:43pm

@ Masood Hussain

so masood you know the cause.. then you know the solution.

T.M.Wazir Dec 04, 2016 09:49pm

These conferences will not settle issues amongst countries instead some of issues will settle by itself by the change of circumstances of countries involved overtimes.

Khan Dec 04, 2016 10:09pm

Don't help Afghans until they recognize the Durand Line is not just an imaginary line but is in fact the permanent border.

ARSHAD S Dec 04, 2016 10:23pm

The approach of these 'twins' is to have cordial relations with everyone except immediate neighbours.

Hauka khan Dec 04, 2016 10:51pm

Everyone knows what is going on in Afghanistan and how India wages proxy war against Pakistan through Afghanistan. Let them say whatever they want to say...

shiraz Dec 04, 2016 11:17pm

a person should not go to a place without respect,even if gold is there in plates.

mirza Dec 05, 2016 04:19am

Why did he go in the first place, why was he not stopped.

mirza Dec 05, 2016 04:21am

@Pinto Seriously OMG!!!!

mir kareem jan Dec 05, 2016 04:27am

Pakistan should change his foreign policies sooner they can.

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 05, 2016 04:37am

@wajahat hussain Yes u are right yaar. Pakistan first :)

Az Dec 05, 2016 04:42am

@wajahat hussain afgans are disgusting and unacceptable.

salma Dec 05, 2016 06:13am

Pakistan should have boycotted the conference as India did for SARC. Our current Govt is acting like as if it has to pay some debt. Send all Afghan refugees back. Or Send them to India. Is India willing to take them . In one year India will know the truth.

Moth Dec 05, 2016 06:44am

Ghani and Modi two loosers.

Vasan Dec 05, 2016 07:44am

Affected neighbours have right to say something.

Rad Dec 05, 2016 09:06am

@Ahmad first sane voice I have ever come across

Nomi Dec 05, 2016 09:08am

lets hope India gets mature soon.

Mahesh Dec 05, 2016 10:27am

@Ahmad , Pakistan needs people like you. I pray from my hear that your wish will come true soon. Amen...

Maqood Dec 05, 2016 10:48am

Push Afghan Rufugees as soon as possible.

DAWN READER Dec 05, 2016 11:14am

@Rafiq It's good he is not there.

DAWN READER Dec 05, 2016 11:17am

@Vasan Pakistan is the most affected neighbor

Mubashir Munir Dec 05, 2016 11:20am

pakistan will always be helping Afghanistan no matter what their leaders act and say about Pakistan we are always working for the betterment of Afghans they are our neigbours and brothers

DAWN READER Dec 05, 2016 11:20am

@Ghaznavi VERY TRUE

Shaukat Ali Khan Dec 05, 2016 11:44am

@shiraz

It show strength to go to adversary and express your views, sir jee.

gary Dec 05, 2016 01:34pm

@zak Yes, very strong indeed.

Abdul Basit Dec 05, 2016 02:07pm

Terrorism in Pakistan started after Pakistan helped Afghanistan to beat the Russians.

R L Dec 05, 2016 02:33pm

Zak, there is a vast difference between reality and your dreams...

....your comments are entertaining though.

Shoaib Ullah Dec 05, 2016 03:09pm

History has proven, since Pakistan has came to independence Afghanistan Government except Taliban rule(peace time) keep on blame Pakistan for no reasons.

We shouldn't worry about these evil gov of India n Afghanistan. I think sending Refugee will not solve problem. If we accept them as brothers, so we should act like big brother.

Excellent Gesture by Mr. Sattar. We should focus on National Unity, and national development. Build Pakistan stronger and Stronger. Fight with poverty, increase literacy. Follow the True essence of Islam and Teaching of our beloved Prophet SAWW by virtue of which we took this Pure-Land.

We should filter the noise, and should remain focus in National development, loving and helping each other attitude in the nation.

InshaAllah, we will come to the point very soon, when every other nation will learn from us.

kanwarch Dec 05, 2016 03:16pm

@zak agree totally.

Erdogan Dec 05, 2016 03:20pm

Pakistan should have tried to change the venue to any other friendly country

kanwarch Dec 05, 2016 03:19pm

@Crazyworld why Indians are so worried about CPEC. You should be rejoicing that Pakistan has done such a bad deal but no all Indians are very concerned about Pakistan economy all of a sudden. Too bad you will have to live with that and much more is coming including a defense pact with China.

University Road - The accursed AVENUE of Karachi Dec 05, 2016 03:55pm

What else can do except playing blame game?

Afghan rulers side with who pays how many dollars to their personal accounts. More the money, more the venom against Pakistan.

One can safely assume that Mr.Ashraf Ghani's personal account in Switzerland are filled with India funded dollars.

Muhammad Saleem Munshi Dec 05, 2016 04:19pm

Even a third of the terror budgets of both IND and PAK if dedicated to improving the life of common people in both countries a marked improvement in normalization would be noticed. But alas if only wishes were horses. The show and hence the killing must go on at all costs come what may and the usual blame game.

OSO Dec 05, 2016 04:42pm

"$500 million pledge from Pakistan" unbelievable but appreciable.

THOUGHT PROVOKING Dec 05, 2016 04:45pm

The Heart of Asia conference has been Failed to develop any significant Results for bilateral or multilateral breakthroughs and now The Pakistan needs to address all problems Through Dialogue process diplomatically and Friendly . The Dialogues process is the only strategic way to have an understanding for further discussion and Negotiations in between both countries if we want to for develop regional peace and Stability in this region . The regional conflicting issues could be resolved Through dialogues process if both countries leadership will mover forward for understanding both perspectives in an appropriate direction progressively. The both countries should have to think about alternatives solution that could bring them to to come out of this hostile Environment in this region for Developing Regional stability . The Both counties should site together to discuss the issues rather than Engaging Heated debate in the Media.Stop Negative perceptions from hostile Environment.

Ali Dec 05, 2016 05:05pm

Terrorism is bad and Pakistan should distance itself from it unconditionally

M.Saeed Dec 05, 2016 05:26pm

@PAKISTANI? So it is clear what really hurts you!

Malik Dec 05, 2016 06:04pm

@Thought - Every other country sent their PM, president or senior minister to attend the Heart of Asia conference. Pakistan sent an advisor. He may be well known in Pakistan but he is not a minister - his status is an advisor. So, Pakistan did not really attend. Govt is just fooling everyone and everyone is buying that.

Rev. Eldrick lal Dec 05, 2016 06:04pm

Ghani and his people are unthankful ones. Always complaining and whinning.

Malik Dec 05, 2016 06:07pm

@Desipardesi - They have not given the money yet. They have just announced. :-)

Bashir kashmiri Dec 05, 2016 06:11pm

Brilliant speech by mr ghani

Whatacountry Dec 05, 2016 06:20pm

@Nomi Goraya If "great diplomatic moves" include insults humiliation and most despicable conduct by hosts, then Goraya you deserve it not my country.

tammy Dec 05, 2016 06:27pm

Glad Pakistan participated. It shows political maturity. Also glad what the Russian representitive said about about point scoring and that event such as HoA should not be used for mudslinging.

Mumtaz Baig Dec 05, 2016 06:54pm

The butcher of Gujrat and the ruler of occupied country are concerned about Pakistan. Let us raise a solid fence along Pak Afghan border and all Indian infiltration will stop in Pakistan.

ejaz Dec 05, 2016 07:33pm

I agreed with Mr. Ghani, Pakistan don't need to give a single penny to Afghanistan. Afghanistan will not change their policy. Use this money to close the Maddersas in Pakistan and stop the factories of terrorists.

ejaz Dec 05, 2016 07:34pm

@Mumtaz Baig ; Yes, I agreed and used that $500 million dollars to build the fence.

ejaz Dec 05, 2016 07:36pm

@Bashir kashmiri yah, Mr. Ghani is Modi's boy. Yes sir to masters.

atif khan Dec 05, 2016 07:52pm

I wonder where the Afghan's good friend India was when the Russians invaded. True...nowhere to be seen....now they have just realized they are long lost brothers. Best of Luck. Making every event a Pakistan bashing spectacle has become the norm for both India and Pakistan....they fail to realize the more you talk about something the more you encourage the subject to lose its gravity. Ghani asks for clarifications on what Pakistan is doing; he should also provide some clarifications on how to deal with the terrorists and what more should be done instead of making generic statements.....i.e. if he really has any clue on how to deal with them.

AXH Dec 05, 2016 09:18pm

Ghani is another stooge of India and whatever he utters is expected from him. In fact, it would have been surprising had he not said anything.

Sami Ullah Swati Dec 05, 2016 09:22pm

Ghani! Should we seal our border (Torkham pass) so that you can continue living in utter hardships. How about the food, medicines and other essentials coming to you from us daily at these passes and your patients being treated here. How about you take your nationals out of the lap of our hospitality for more than 35 years. Get your acts together and we will be happy to get done with your problems so that we could tackle our own!

Ali Dec 05, 2016 09:32pm

PM Modi and President Ghani are both "guilty" of state-sponsored terrorism against Pakistan. They are responsible for killing 65,000 Pakistani men, women and children. Pakistan has suffered more than any other country in the world. They should be tried for crimes against humanity. They are a threat to regional and world peace.

Tickleme Elmo Dec 05, 2016 09:41pm

@sana-1. Talking big, eh? Feckless talk like this is the most dangerous talk. Remember!

khalid YOUSAFZAI Dec 05, 2016 09:59pm

Why Does not Nawaz Sharif respond or comment. Pakistan foreign office should show the courage and evidence to prove the claims wrong.

Seedoo Dec 05, 2016 10:48pm

The day Pakistan stops allowing Afghanistan to use its land for export purposes, that is the day, the Afghan leaders will realize whom they have been taking for granted. They have come to take Pakistan for granted. They never seize an opportunity to bad mouth the country, yet continue to enjoy all facilities provided for by the people and government of Pakistan. It is time for Pakistan to end this honeymoon (disallow exports of Afghanistan through Pakistan, seal the border, etc.) as Pakistan has yet to receive any pleasure from this one-sided extra-marital affair.

Someone Dec 06, 2016 01:22am

@jagajilly: India is no one to decide. FYI, water distribution is sanctified per international norms and the Indus Waters Treaty. It is not a joke. Any violation of such instruments means you must face the music. History tells us India cannot afford to face the music, or face further existential threats.

pRAVEEN Dec 06, 2016 03:23am

@zahiduddin ,ANSWER IS ZERO...Please read world bank report published in sept 2016 and please read pakistan economical status as well..thanks

Asian Dec 06, 2016 04:04am

@iMTIAZ ALI KHAN Well said Imtiaz Ali Khan, the same applies to India and Afghanistan too.

bakht imran Dec 06, 2016 03:28pm

AFGHANISTAN BELONGS TO AFGHAN PEOPLE. LET FOREIGNERS VACATE AFGHANISTAN AND THE AFGHANS SHOULD DECIDE THEIR FATE THEMSELVES.

Anwar Mahmood Dec 06, 2016 05:29pm

Such wrong blames won't stop CPEC.

You do terror acts, give others blame Shame on you, just shame more shame

Sana Dec 06, 2016 06:16pm

Pathetic response by Pakistani delegate. They should have slammed the Afghan president in failing to fight the terrorism and insurgency, the Indians for their dirty indulgence in Afghanistan.

Mustafa R. Dec 06, 2016 11:49pm

In BRICS meeting at Goa the Indian propaganda was firmly countered by China, this time Russia put India in it's place by telling them not to use this forum for spewing venom against Pakistan.

afzal mir Dec 07, 2016 04:02am

No need to comment on India's Moody as he is a corrupt but Afghanistan's Ashraf Ghani need to understand the interest of Afghans. He should not get so intoxicated by Indian lures and must watch the changing landscape of South-Asian power play. It is in the interest of the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan to stay friends for historical, social , cultural and religious reasons. Ashraf Ghani's anti Pakistan policies to please India will not make lives of our Afghan brothers any better.

danny Dec 07, 2016 08:42am

@san but same those countries put red carpet on his way and welcome him respectfully than any world leaders and he become most popular person of the year in the world in time magazine.he won more vote ever any world leaders got in the history. something may not be good for you but good for others.he has a clean record no panama or swish bank account or foreign citizenship . only bad for bad people is that a wrong?

danny Dec 07, 2016 08:59am

@amed result comes after the examination.how you study the result will appear according to your study in past. good investment only gives you a good return. simple math.

Rah Dec 07, 2016 09:27am

Pakistan should allow Afghanistan to have a trade route to India, and also gain to fruitful results by having commission. India on the other hand will help dying Pakistan economy by this commission.

Rah Dec 07, 2016 09:28am

Why Pakistan is not giving land trade root to India and Pakistan? can anyone help me to understand what Pakistan is achieving by this? As I think, this is lose for Pakistan as they do not get tax money if the goods transfer between both countries happen via Pakistan roads.

Javed Dec 07, 2016 11:02am

@Kamal PASHA I am sure it would be enlightening for us and our next generations to purchase electricity 3 times more expensive than our neighborhood produces. You and I will have to make guaranteed loan payments back to our friendly landlords, the Chinese. They are quiet, friendly and smiling that Pakistan is in the trap now. I want to see how many of us will proudly support Pakistan-China friendship in next 10 years.