At Amritsar, Pakistan cornered on terror [Security]
- With tough statements on terror pointed at Pakistan, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged Islamabad to end its “selective” approach to fighting terror groups on its soil, and end “terror sanctuaries” for groups that target them at the Heart of Asia summit.
- As permanent co-chair of the summit, President Ghani’s words were the most stinging, directly rejecting Pakistan’s proposal of $500 million fund for development in Afghanistan.
- “This fund could very well be used for containing extremism because without peace, any amount of assistance will not meet the needs of our people,” Mr. Ghani said.
- The sharp words indicated his disappointment with Pakistan for its refusal to shelter Taliban terrorists and take no action against them, which had led to 2015 and 2016 becoming the worst years for civilian casualties in Afghanistan.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called for action against terrorists and those who “support, shelter, train and finance them”. Silence and inaction against terrorism in Afghanistan and our region will only embolden terrorists and their masters.
- Mr. Aziz, Pakistan foreign adviser who arrived in Amritsar for joint call-on meeting with Prime Minister Modi, left without any bilateral engagement with India.