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Pakistan snubbed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for giving 'sanctuary' to terrorists

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 4, 2016
URL:   http://toi.in/xfysvb/a18fg

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani today snubbed Pakistan for exporting terror by saying that the $500 million promised by Islamabad for Afghan reconstruction would be better used fighting terrorism.

Cross border terrorism is a major concern and "we need aid to fight terrorism", said Ghani at the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar.

"We need to identify cross-border terrorism and a fund to combat terrorism. Pakistan has pledged 500 million dollars for Afghanistan's development. This amount, Mr. Aziz, can be spent to contain extremism," Ghani said, directly addressing Pakistan's foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz, who is also attending the conference.

"Afghanistan suffered the highest number of casualties last year. This is unacceptable...some still provide sanctuary for terrorists. As a Taliban figure said recently if they had no sanctuary in Pakistan, they wouldn't last a month," Ghani said.

"I don't want a blame game, I want clarifications" on what is being done to prevent the export of terror, Ghani added.

Terror was also the theme of host Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at the conference.

"We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror network that cause bloodshed and spread fear.

Silence and inaction on terror in Afghanistan and the region will only embolden terrorists and masters and those fund them," Modi said.

"We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror networks that cause bloodshed and spread fear,"the Prime Minister added.
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