Afghanistan  to start taking action against countries using non-state actors

Vastavam web:  In a veiled attack on Pakistan, Afghanistan today said it wants the international community to start taking action against countries using non-state actors to further their foreign policy goals. While he did not mention Pakistan in this context, his inference was towards the neighbouring country across the Durand line.

In June, Afghanistan cut all cricketing ties with Pakistan after a deadly bomb attack which the country’s intelligence agency blamed on militants backed by Islamabad. In the recent weeks, Afghanistan has witnessed some of the worst terrorist attacks killing scores of people. It has blamed Pakistan-based terror groups for these attacks. “The ideal solution be the end to using non-state actors and terrorists to bring havoc upon a people who deserve peace and security, who have suffered far too long. If there isn’t an end to the support, we would like the international community to take some actions in order to discourage and to prevent such states from continued usage of non-state actors,” Mohib said in response to a question.

While he did not elaborate the actions Afghanistan would like to take against such countries, the envoy referred to a series of legislative actions and statements coming from top American lawmakers like sanctions, restrictions on sale of military hardware and revoking the Non-NATO ally status. Larry Pressler, a former top American Senator, in a latest book has said that it is time to declare Pakistan a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

“There are certain actions that can be taken, but that will be the beginning or the start of holding Pakistan responsible, in this manner. It will then go into next phases and how the reaction… and what needs to be done in step two or three. Actions such as revoking the status as a major non- NATO ally would be the beginning because it makes it harder for them to get military equipment, the military sales and the other element would be as an international standing