10,000 jihadi fighters crossed into Afghan from Pakistan: Afghan President

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blames Pakistan by saying that more than 10,000 jihadi fighters entered Afghanistan from Pakistan.

In a speech at the Central and South Asia connectivity conference held in Tashkent, he further said Pakistan had failed to convince the Taliban to participate “seriously” in the peace talks.

“Contrary to repeated assurances by Prime Minister Khan and his Generals that Pakistan does not find a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan in Pakistan’s interest and fell short of the use of force and its power and influence to make the Taliban negotiate seriously, networks and organizations supporting the Taliban are openly celebrating the destruction of the assets and capabilities of the Afghan people and State,” Ghani said.

While addressing the same conference, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said it was “unfair to blame Pakistan.

“President Ghani, let me just say that the country that will be most affected by turmoil in Afghanistan is Pakistan. Pakistan suffered 70,000 casualties in the last 15 years. The last thing Pakistan wants is more conflict,” Pakistan PM Imran Khan said.

“When there were 150,000 Nato troops…that was the time to ask the Taliban to come to the table. Why were the Taliban going to compromise once the exit date was given…why would they listen to us when they are sensing victory?” Khan further said.

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