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Pakistan’s Policy Towards Afghanistan to be Reviewed: Pakistan Senate

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Farook Hamid Naek, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs of Pakistan called on Islamabad to review its policy towards Afghanistan following the attack on the Pakistani Diplomatic Mission in Kabul.

Apparently, Pakistani politicians are frustrated with the failed assassination attempt on their Ambassador to Kabul, Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani, which took place on December 2, 2022. Mr. Nizamani survived the attack but one of his security guards was critically injured.

“Peace and stability in Afghanistan were indispensable for Pakistan. However, the terror attack on our chief diplomat in Kabul and the on-and-off cross-border shelling in Spin Boldak suggests a dire need for Pakistan to review its foreign policy towards Afghanistan,” the senator said.

“We are functioning as the spokesperson for Afghanistan, not India, in the world, but on the contrary, the Afghan government often opposes Pakistan and uses guns against us, which is unfortunate,” said the Pakistan Peoples Party senator.

Meanwhile, the tensions between the security forces of Pakistan and Afghanistan are on the rise considering the recent cross-border shelling at the Chaman crossing point. The Pakistani politicians’ claim to be functioning as the spokesperson of Afghanistan in the world further undermines the credibility and independence of the de facto regime in Afghanistan. Pakistan in return expects respect and loyalty but receives opposition and gun-firing from Afghanistan’s Taliban government.

Pakistan and the world at large does not formally recognize Afghanistan’s interim government. Pakistan — along with China, Russia, Turkey, Qatar, and several other countries — has, however, kept its embassy in Kabul open.

Terror attacks targeting diplomatic missions, foreign personnel, and entities have complicated the security situation. The current regime pledges to strengthen the safety and security of foreign Embassies while Russian, Pakistan and Chinese civilians have already come under attack over the past couple of months.

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