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Ghani Refuses to Take Pakistan PM’s Phone Call

Ghani Refuses to Take Pakistan PM’s Phone Call
KAUBL - The President has instead sent a delegation including NDS chief and interior minister to Pakistan to share with them evidence relating to the recent attacks.
President Ashraf Ghani would not take a phone call from Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who had phoned in connection with the spate of recent attacks in Afghanistan, a source told TOLOnews on Wednesday.
According to a presidential palace source, Abbasi called Ghani on Tuesday night to pass on his condolences but Ghani refused to take his call.
Instead Ghani sent a delegation including Masoom Stanekzai, the chief of the National Directorate of Security, and Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak to Pakistan to handover evidence relating to the recent attacks in Kabul.
The source added that the evidence will be shared with Pakistan’s army.
However, the source did not provide further details.
This comes after Kabul was hit by a spate of deadly attacks in the past 10 days - which killed nearly 150 people and wounded hundreds more.
After the recent attacks in Afghanistan, US President Donald Trump told visiting members of the UN Security Council the United States would no longer talk with the Taliban.
Trump railed against a series of "atrocities" in Afghanistan and said as a result the US would not engage in any future talks with the Taliban as the administration seeks to end a stalemate in America's longest war.
"Innocent people are being killed left and right. Bombing, in the middle of children, in the middle of families, bombing, killing all over Afghanistan," Trump said. "So we don't want to talk with the Taliban. There may be a time but it's going to be a long time."
Trump's remarks at a diplomatic luncheon marked a shift in tone on Afghanistan, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Several attempts to hold peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have failed.
In the meantime, Ghani’s spokesman Shahhussain Murtazawi has said that “The Taliban has practically crossed the red line and today the Afghan government considers it its obligation to use all available resouces and means against the terrorist groups.”
But, the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) says that a diplomatic settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan must be sought.
“Peace cannot be achieved by escalating the war,” the HPC deputy head Nadir Naeem said. “I hope the Afghan government’s leadership will protect its freedom and keep open the window for peace.”
In response to Trump’s comments, Taliban in a statement claimed that the remarks by the US president show that the Afghan government does not have the authority to engage in peace talks and instead it takes dictation from Washington regarding the issue.
Taliban claimed that the responsibility of bloodshed in Afghanistan is now lying on the shoulders of the US. (Tolonews)