Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is facing a tough time with India breathing down his neck after Balakot and now the USA too seemed to have been left perplexed with his shenanigans.
John R. Bass, US Ambassador to the Islamic Republic met Afghan journalists yesterday. He discussed the peace process and hailed the Afghan government and said that the ‘ US in Doha is not substituting for the Afghan govt or the Afghan people in talking to the Taliban’.
He also said that the goal of the USA is a ‘settlement to the conflict that is worthy of the sacrifices made by so many Afghans, a settlement that protects and preserves many of the gains of the last 17 years. Afghans want to move forward and build on the progress they have already made.’
Afghanistan has always raised the issue of Pakistan supporting terrorists to destabilize the country and it was natural that a warning came towards Pakistani Premier Imran Khan. John R. Bass used cricket to tell Khan just what the cricketer needed to hear. A while back Bass said that Some aspects of cricket apply well in diplomacy, some do not. Imran Khan, important to resist temptation to ball-tamper with the Afghanistan peace process and its internal affairs.
— John R. Bass (@USAmbKabul) March 27, 2019
The furore began after Afghanistan recalled its Ambassador from Pakistan after Imran Khan meddled in Afghanistan peace process calling for an interim government in Afghanistan. He had said that the Afghan govt. was a hurdle in the peace process as it insisted that Taliban should talk to Kabul.
Spokesperson and Director General of Communication – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Afghanistan, Sibghatullah Ahmadi responded with a stern statement saying that the ‘Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, summoned the Deputy Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with respect to the recent irresponsible remarks of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its grave objection on Pakistani PM’s recent reckless statements about the peace process and establishment of an interim government, deemed such statements an obvious example of Pakistan’s interventional policy and disrespect to the national sovereignty and determination of the people of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also recalled Afghanistan’s Ambassador from Islamabad for further discussions on the matter.’