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Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammed Abdali

Surgical Strikes on Pakistan

Afghanistan Backs India – 'Time To Take Bold Action'

By Alankar Srivastava

Backing India's cross-border surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistani territory, Afghanistan emphasised that ‘it is time to take bold action’.

In an interaction at the Foreign Correspondents Club, New Delhi, Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammed Abdali said: "We hope no one will allow safe havens for terrorists to be used against neighbours. Pakistan can't stay in a constant state of denial and cannot remain unanswered.”

On the joint boycott of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, Afghan envoy said that Pakistan was not reciprocating the goodwill shown by its neighbours and that's why the four nations pulled out from the upcoming summit in Islamabad.

"Right now the environment is not conducive to conduct the SAARC Summit, with terrorism continuing in region," he said.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the bold action, he urged the leadership in the region to take decisive steps to counter terrorism. “Business as usual would harm us. We have to come together and put an end to terrorism. If terror groups exist, self defence in the form of action we saw, will continue," the envoy said.

Not mincing words on the complicity of Pakistan in acts of terrorism, Shaida Mohammed Abdali said: “There is no doubt that the Pakistan state sponsors terror.”

The writer is Editor-at-Large of the Diplomatist

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