Afghan Talks: Won’t Go To India Next Week, Says Pak NSA.
Pakistan’s national security adviser, Moeed Yusuf, said on Tuesday that he will not attend a meeting on Afghanistan that will be hosted by India on November 10-11.
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad after meeting with the Uzbekistan NSA, Yusuf said: “I will not go, a saboteur cannot be a peacemaker.” He responded to a question about whether Pakistan will attend the meeting.
With Afghanistan-related security concerns dominating New Delhi’s mind, the NSA Ajit Doval team is taking the initiative to hold an in-person meeting with key countries in the region and around the world.
The sources said that the country’s main security establishment, the National Security Council Secretariat, is taking the lead in organizing the conference and invitations have been sent to Afghanistan’s neighbors such as Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and actors. key such as Russia, China, among others.
In Islamabad, Yusuf said: “I think the obstacles in the region are in front of you, there is no need to debate this. On one side is India … unfortunately (due to) the behavior and ideology of the government there, I don’t see how this (peace) process will advance, not just for Pakistan but for the region. ”
“The world, sadly, has kept its eyes closed and is not talking to India as it should,” he said.
He said that if peace is established in Afghanistan, then it could become an important hub as a corridor of connectivity.
For Delhi, next week’s meeting is important as the government has made it clear that it has red lines in the new Taliban administration in Afghanistan: that it must not allow safe havens for terror on its territory, the administration must be inclusive. and the rights of minorities, women, and children must be protected.
But so far, the signs from the Taliban have not been encouraging. This has been the assessment shared by New Delhi with interlocutors since the Taliban formed its cabinet.
The Pakistani NSA response describing India as a “saboteur” shows that Rawalpindi is not yet playing ball and is unwilling to participate in any process initiated by India.