Amritsar: India along with Afghanistan today lashed out at Pakistan strongly during the 6th international ministerial ‘Heart of Asia’ (HoA) conference to act against the terrorism which is affecting the whole region.
India and Afghanistan launched a stinging attack on a virtually isolated Islamabad for sponsoring and supporting terrorism.
According to sources an n international conference on Sunday named Pakistan-based terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as grave threats to peace in the region after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unambiguously dubbed the neighbour as a terror sanctuary.
It seems like that with this message conveyed to Pakistan this is a major victory for India as a joint resolution adopted at the 6th ministerial ‘Heart of Asia conference – Istanbul Process on Afghanistan’ said among other terror groups propagating “high level of violence” were “the Taliban, Daesh (Islamic State) and its affiliates, the Haqqani Network, Al Qaida … Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan…”.
The conference which has been given name of Amritsar Declaration, and the participating countries said that were “concerned by the gravity of the security situation in the region” and demanded “an immediate end to all forms of terrorism, as well as all support to it, including financing”.
Earlier, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in the presence of Islamabad’s top diplomat Sartaj Aziz at the start of the summit held in this Punjab city near India’s border with Pakistan.
While Ghani was unequivocal in asserting that Pakistan was the source of cross-border terror in his country, Modi didn’t name any nation but urged the world to act against “those who support, shelter, train and finance” terrorists.
Aziz appeared shocked with the Afghan President’s blunt remarks.
Ghani said the Pakistan military was selective in fighting terrorists on its soil and sought to know what was being done to “prevent the export of terror”.
He asserted, “The state-sponsored sanctuaries exist in Pakistan. As Mr. Kakazada, one of the key figures in the Taliban movement, recently said if they didn’t have sanctuary in Pakistan, they wouldn’t last a month.”
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Directly addressing Aziz, Pakistan’s de facto foreign policy chief, the President urged Islambad to fight militants rather than giving financial assistance to his country ravaged by decades of war and terrorism.
Ghani thanked Pakistan for its pledge to donate $500 million, but said: “This fund, Mr. Aziz, could very well be used for containing extremism because without peace any amount of assistance will not meet the needs of our people.”
“Afghanistan suffered the highest number of casualties last year. This is unacceptable. Some countries still provide sanctuary for terrorists.”
“We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror networks. Support for peace alone is not enough. It must be backed by resolute action,” the Prime Minister said.
“Silence and inaction against terrorism in Afghanistan and our region will only embolden terrorists and their masters.”
Aziz rejected the allegations and said it was unfair to blame Pakistan for rising terrorist violence in the region.