Afghanistan warned not to use US visit for blaming Pakistan

When US President Joe Biden meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman Afghan High Peace Council Dr Abdullah Abdullah at the White House this week, it is not just the future of the war-torn country but also Pakistan’s role will be the main talking points.

Ahead of the all-important visit, Pakistan reached out to the Afghan government conveying it in clear terms that the upcoming visit must not be used to blame Islamabad, officials told The Express Tribune on Tuesday.

It is because of this reason that Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul not only met Afghan leaders from across party lines but Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also interacted with Dr Abdullah as well as his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar at the sidelines of the recent Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey.

Officials while speaking on condition of anonymity said that Pakistan fears that “spoilers” within the Afghan setup may use the upcoming visit of President Ghani and Dr Abdullah to blame Islamabad for the failure.