Referring to Indian influence in Afghanistan, the Pakistan military has said New Delhi’s investment was aimed at establishing influence in an effort to damage Islamabad’s interests.
“The prevailing situation has caused huge frustration on the Indian side,” The Express Tribune quoted Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), as saying in a television interview on Saturday.
“Now, Delhi has moved its spoilers in different directions to blame Pakistan for the unrest in Afghanistan, but the Indian propaganda would not get any traction because the world has realised that Pakistan has made earnest efforts to resolve the Afghan issue according to the aspirations of the local populace.
“Pakistan is only a facilitator of the Afghan peace process – not a guarantor.
“Pakistan has no favourites among the Afghan stakeholders. The Afghans have to choose their leadership. In case of any deadlock, we can assist. Pakistan has made all-out efforts but it cannot go beyond its limits.
“Afghans have the capacity and capability to decide their future course,” he added.
The officer also said that Pakistan could face the spillover effect of a civil war in Afghanistan.
“We were very well aware of that and we have taken several measures to deal with the situation.”
(With inputs from IANS)