Pakistan claims that India used Afghan territory during the reign of US-backed fugitive President Ashraf Ghani as a training ground for terrorist groups to target Pakistani interests.
New Delhi rejects these claims. Since the Taliban* victory in August, New Delhi has expressed fears about India-focused terrorist groups gaining a foothold in Afghanistan.
Now Pakistan will hold an “Extended Troika”, or “Troika Plus” conference, on Thursday, a day after its rival India hosted a regional security summit on the situation in Afghanistan in New Delhi.
Pakistan attaches high importance to the Troika Plus mechanism on the situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan hopes that deliberations of the Troika Plus meeting will contribute to the ongoing efforts for achieving lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Russia’s Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, China’s Special Envoy for Afghan Affairs Yue Xiaoyong, and Thomas West, the US State Department’s Special Representative and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan will also attend the Islamabad meeting.
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that West would be traveling to Pakistan, Russia, and India during his ongoing travels in Asia and Europe.
Pakistani officials have told local media that the representatives of the four nations will also meet interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.
Pakistan has been urging the international community to urgently provide humanitarian assistance and economic support to alleviate the sufferings of the Afghan people. For its part, Pakistan is extending humanitarian and economic assistance to the brotherly people of Afghanistan.
Washington’s decision to freeze nearly $9 billion in Afghanistan’s federal assets held in US-based financial institutions has left the Taliban-controlled nation teetering on the edge of collapse.
The UN-run World Food Program warned last month that Afghanistan was on a “countdown to catastrophe” without urgent humanitarian relief.
The meeting in Islamabad will be the first in the “Extended Troika” format since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, 2021.
For Pakistan, the most pressing issue is availing international humanitarian aid to Afghanistan so that the economic crisis doesn’t spill over into Pakistan, which would result in an exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan.
Before the Taliban victory in August of this year, Islamabad claimed that it had “irrefutable evidence“ about India running nearly 66 terrorist training camps inside Afghanistan for Pakistan-focused violent jihadi groups such as Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).
Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic ties with India after New Delhi decided to scrap the semi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. Islamabad says that India must reverse its August 2019 move in order for bilateral ties to be restored.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.