Pak NSA rejects India’s invite, says won’t travel to India for Afghan conference

Islamabad: Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf on Tuesday said he would not travel to India for an upcoming conference on Afghanistan on November 10 as he dismissed India’s role as a “peacemaker” in the war-torn neighbouring nation.

India extended the invitation to Pakistan to attend the regional conference on Afghanistan being hosted by Indian NSA Ajit Doval.

Talking to reporters here, Yusuf said that he will not travel to India to attend the conference hosted by India on Afghanistan on November 10, The Express Tribune reported.
In response to a question during the press conference, Yusuf said that a “spoiler” could not take on the role of a “peacemaker”, the report said.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Foreign Office confirmed the invitation from India but said the decision would be taken at an appropriate time.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had earlier said that Pakistan’s decision would be based on keeping in view the current state of relationship between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived after an attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by militant groups based in the neighbouring country. Subsequent attacks, including one on an Indian Army camp in Uri, further deteriorated the relationship.

The relationship dipped further after Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in Feb 2019.
The relations deteriorated after India announced withdrawing special powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories in August, 2019.

Yusuf said that Pakistan, unlike the West, could not disengage with Afghanistan due to its regional proximity.
It may be a luxury for the Western world sitting 10,000 miles away (to stay away from Afghanistan) but we do not have any option to disengage from Afghanistan,” he said.

He reiterated Pakistan’s stance that the world should coordinate and constructively engage with the present Afghan government to avert a humanitarian crisis.

Yusuf said that engagement with Afghanistan was not a political matter for Pakistan but a humanitarian one and a matter of our national security”.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war. (Agencies)

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