January 25, 2019

Kabul- Addressing a panel of experts at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani said that peace and stability in Afghanistan will be the interests of Pakistan in terms of energy if Islamabad changes its attitude towards Kabul and eradicated terrorism in its soil.

President Ghani said Afghanistan wants an engagement with Pakistan. Our relationship falls in three buckets. Our fundamental problem with Pakistan is their inaction; 1: Removing shadow of violence, 2: We will be the greatest prosperous asset for Pakistan in terms of energy, 3: the joint issue which is terrorism.

“The function of Ambassador Khalilzad’s office is to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with Afghan government. We need regional and international consensus to achieve peace,” President Ghani added.

“Afghans as a nation and as a state are dedicated to overcoming the past. According to a World Bank analysis, if Pakistan continues the current course, they will be a very poor country by 2047. If they change and engage in regional cooperation, they could be a middle income country,” Ghani noted.

President Ghani said the South Asia Strategy is a very thoughtful response to the situation on the ground. First, the core of South Asia Strategy was to bring peace to Afghanistan, and we have welcomed this. Second, it is a conditions-based strategy. We’ve reformed our security forces.

President Ghani noted that the rules of the game in Afghanistan are set by Afghanistan’s constitution, adding that in 2024, Afghanistan will be self-reliant.

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