Khar blames Afghan refugees for Rabbani's assassination

Hina Rabbani Khar
Islamabad, Dec 14: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has blamed Afghan refugees living in Pakistan for the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani and said they are responsible for various other problems.

“We are not responsible if Afghan refugees crossed the border and entered Kabul, stayed in a guest house and attacked Professor Rabbani,” she told the Senate or upper house of parliament during question hour on Tuesday.

Pakistan should not be blamed for all the ills and criminal acts in Afghanistan, she said while responding to supplementary questions.

Afghan refugees living in Pakistan are creating various problems, she said.

“Pakistan has baselessly been charged with recent attacks in Kabul. If they have any problem, Pakistan should not be made a scapegoat by the Afghan government and other countries. We are part of the solution, and not part of the problem,” she said.

Afghan officials have said Rabbani’s killing was planned in Pakistan and carried out by a Pakistani suicide bomber.

Kabul recently sent an official delegation to Pakistan to investigate the killing of the Afghan peace envoy.

Khar said Pakistan wanted the “best relations with Afghanistan” to ensure peace and stability in the region and to jointly fight extremism and terrorism.

Afghanistan is the most important country for Pakistan as the security of both countries is inter-linked, she said.

The minister said Pakistan was in the process of reviewing different aspects of its foreign policy.


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