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Mar 18, 2019
Focus on your own issues, Muslimyar tells Imran Khan

KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday termed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent comment about a new government in Afghanistan as ‘interference’ in the country’s internal affairs.
Imran Khan told a public gathering in Bajaur, a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Friday that ‘a new and good government will be established in Afghanistan soon.”
Khan also expressed the hope that peace and reconciliation in the war-ravaged county was within reach.
But Senate Chairman Muslimyar strongly condemned Imran Khan’s remark during a gathering with other senators.
He said the people of Afghanistan would not allow anyone to interfere in its internal and external affairs as only the Afghans had the right to resolve issues of their national interest themselves.
He further said only the elected government of Afghanistan, which was formed of National Councils, could decide about the future of the country, not neighbors.
He believed ‘Pakistani generals do not want a stable Afghan government and around 80 percent of their generals are traders and most of them see their benefit in the ongoing Afghan conflict and have income through the Afghan war.’
He said, “When you termed President Ghani’s tweet about the Pashtun tribe across the Durand Line as interference in your domestic affairs, then who allowed you to talk about Afghan future.”
The Senate chairman said the current government came into being as a result of great sacrifices by the Afghan security forces and the Afghans would not allow anyone to jeopardize their current system of government.
“The Mashrano Jirga would support an administration that comes through transparent polls, but won’t accept an imposed system.”
Muslimyar asked Pakistan to pay attention to its own internal and external issues instead to the Afghan conflict.
He said, “We will never go back; an interim government would neither be good for the Afghan government nor for the Afghans, we want changes through elections.”
About the US and Taliban peace negotiations, he said: “We support the peace process and the Afghans are desperate for lasting peace in our country and we are ready for any kind of sacrifice for the lasting peace.”
He said it would be only the Afghans right to know what kind of deals were being discussed in the peace process.
He also thanked the US for its support and assistance with the Afghan government and urged Washington to pave the way for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
He claimed the Taliban were speaking ‘Pakistan’s language’ and their suggestions had been directed by Islamabad.
The Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.


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