Afghan President Ashraf Ghani commented on the internal situation of Pakistan in a tweet on Thursday expressing concern for what he claimed was “violence against peaceful protestors”.
In the tweet he said: “The Afghan government has serious concerns about the violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters and civil activist in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.”
He also said that it is the moral responsibility of any government to support civil activities that take a stand against terrorism and extremism.
The tweets came after the arrest of PTM workers who were holding a protest at the National Press Club after the death of PTM leader Arman Loni in police custody. Gulalai Ismail and 17 other PTM members were arrested by authorities during the protest.
Various politicians reacted to the Afghan president’s tweet including the current Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and former Foreign Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Hina Rabbani Khar.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a tweet that the statement from the Afghan president is irresponsible and that the Afghan government should be focused on
While Hina Rabbani Khar displayed her disappointment with the Afghan president’s tweet by mentioning that this type of statement can only worsen the situation and this is clearly an internal matter of Pakistan.
However, not all Pakistani parliamentarians were against the tweet. PTM leader and member of the National Assembly, Ali Wazir, liked and retweeted the Afghan president’s tweet.
This is not the first time that the Afghan President has given anti-Pakistan statements. He previously accused Pakistan of supporting cross border militant activities in Afghanistan and labeled it as a safe haven for m