December 2001 News

Qanooni lashes out at Pak for supporting terrorists in JK

7 December 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: Lashing out at Pakistan for supporting terrorists in Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir, Afghan Interior Minister Younous Qanooni on Friday said Islamabad''s policy of interference in his country has failed with the fall of last stronghold of the Taliban in Kandahar. ''Government of Pakistan should know that its policy of terrorism in Afghanistan has failed as also in other places. This is the time for Islamabad to review its strategy of the past,'' Qanooni, who arrived in New Delhi on Thursday night on a four-day visit, told reporters after a 45-minute meeting with External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh. Qanooni, the first Afghan leader to visit India after the power-sharing accord among four Afghan factions in Bonn earlier this week, was replying to questions regarding the approach of the new interim set up in Afghanistan to tackle export of terrorists to Kashmir fostered by the Taliban. The Afghan Minister said besides Afghan Taliban, there were mercenaries from other countries, a majority of whom belonged to Pakistan. ''Many of them from Pakistan are still there in Afghanistan''. Assuring Kabul of unconditional support for reconstruction of the war-ravaged country, Singh said India remained committed irrevocably and unambiguously to the restoration of lasting peace and amity in Afghanistan.


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