Attack on Abdullah: FO denies Afghan allegations


ISLAMABAD: Islamabad on Monday strongly dismissed Kabul’s accusations that it was linked to an attack on presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah last week.
“We firmly reject any insinuation of Pakistan’s involvement in attack on Dr Abdullah Abdullah’s convoy and allegations of seeking to disrupt elections in Afghanistan,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. 
“Pakistan is deeply disappointed by these irresponsible allegations as they serve to vitiate the positive environment created between the two countries through constructive efforts over the past many months,” it said. 
“Regrettably, these allegations fall in the familiar pattern of certain elements in Afghanistan sparing no occasion to malign Pakistan and its security institutions and shifting the blame to others for their own security failures. We are sure that neither the Afghan people nor the international community would be misled by these motivated allegations.”
Pakistan, the FO said, wanted a stable Afghanistan. “As we have clearly stated before, Pakistan’s interests are not served by a disruption of Afghan elections. On the contrary, a peaceful election and smooth democratic transition would advance our interest in having a stable Afghanistan. 
Accordingly, we remain committed to supporting all efforts for a free and peaceful election, including through enhanced security along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. It is our earnest hope that the people of Afghanistan would emerge stronger and more unified from this election. As always, the government and people of Pakistan would continue to stand in strong solidarity with their Afghan brethren at this crucial juncture,” the statement said.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif also criticised the Afghan authorities for ‘baseless’ allegations. “Mudslinging won’t help,” he told Daily Times.
“Everybody knows that the conduct of peaceful Afghan presidential poll was not possible without our cooperation. Our foolproof security at border prevented any kind of security lapse. The world praised our role. I think Karzai is crying foul because his days are numbered at the presidency and he’s getting nostalgic,” he added.

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