The government of India has reacted to the statement by the Pakistani officials that ‘India has no role in Afghanistan’, emphasizing that Pakistan cannot decide on behalf of an independent and sovereign country and dictate Afghanistan’s foreign policy.

“It is not for Pakistan to decide as to what role another country has in regional or global affairs. Pakistan also cannot decide on behalf of an independent and sovereign country Afghanistan and dictate them as to how to conduct their foreign policy,” the Ministry of External Affairs of India said in a statement.

The statement further added that “Pakistan should first and foremost introspect its own role and responsibility in the precarious situation in Afghanistan; put an end to all kind of support to cross border terrorism from territories under Pakistan’s control, and join international efforts to bring inclusive peace to Afghanistan.”

According to reports, Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal on Thursday said that India has no role to play in Afghanistan.

Faisal also added that Islamabad played a key role in arranging direct talks between the Taliban and the US to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.