Pakistan summons Afghan envoy over negative comments from Kabul

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan summoned the Afghan ambassador Wednesday to convey concerns over a recent spate of negative comments from Kabul politicians and a perceived media campaign to smear Islamabad.


Islamabad’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told Ambassador Janan Mosazai that “such allegations undercut mutual confidence and affect the environment of bilateral relations that both countries had been working hard to improve,” a Pakistani foreign ministry statement said.

“Pakistan has been acting with maximum restraint and avoiding playing the blame game”, the statement quoted Chaudhry as saying.

Chaudhry also lodged a strong protest against cross-border fire from the Afghan side on August 16 and 17, which resulted in the killing of three security officials.

“The Afghan ambassador was told that as a matter of policy, Pakistani authorities do not initiate fire and return fire only in self-defence,” the statement said.

“The foreign secretary further conveyed to the ambassador that as per the guidance of the leadership, Pakistan would continue its policy of restraint, responsibility and constructive engagement with Afghanistan.”

Chaudhry said: “We expect the Afghan government would also reciprocate by taking effective measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents on the border, and work with Pakistan to build mutual trust and good, neighbourly relations”.

The latest development comes days after the visit of an Afghan delegation to Islamabad.