Afghanistan criticises Pak defence minister over TAPI security remark

Kabul, Dec. 15 (ANI): The Government of Afghanistan has criticised Pakistani Defence Minister Khwajah Asif for his remarks on the security of trans-Afghan gas pipeline, saying that it is in contrast to the non-interference commitments by the country’s leaders.

According to Khaama Press, Asif said that Pakistan would use its influence on Taliban if needed for the protection of the project regarding the safety of the trans-Afghan gas pipeline.

The statement by ARG Presidential Palace further added that Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is one of the important economic projects in the region which was brought into the implementation stage with the continued efforts of the Afghan government, specifically engaging with the regional partners, Turkmenistan.

It also said that the foundation stone of the project was laid by the leaders of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India.

The statement says that Afghanistan has prepared special forces for the protection of the gas pipeline, insisting that the people will prevent destructive activities by militant groups.

ARG Presidential Palace said Asif’s statement proves that Pakistan has close ties with Taliban and certain Pakistani officials are still interested in interfering in internal affairs of Afghanistan. (ANI)

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