Pakistan suspends official contact with Afghan National Security Advisor

Islamabad has said that it will no longer conduct official business with the office of Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor because of his recent controversial comment on Pakistan, said a VOA report as quoting Pakistani diplomatic sources.

The decision was made following an “abusive outburst” the Afghan National Security Advisor, Hamdullah Mohib, made against Pakistan.

On his visit to Nangarhar on May 13, Mohib accused Pakistan of using a power-hungry militant group to expand its borders in Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denied calling it baseless. In his public speech in Nangarhar, he accused Pakistan of using Taliban insurgency and called it a “brothel house”.

Later on May 17, the Pakistani ministry of foreign affairs summoned Najibullah Ali Khalil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Islamabad, over remarks made by Mohib.

A statement published by the ministry said Afghan NSA’s remarks were “irresponsible” and “baseless” and that such allegations damage the relations between Islamabad and Kabul.

The office of the National Security Council in Afghanistan has not made any comment on this subject.

Mohib had also made controversial remarks about the US and Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation. Washington had also stopped meetings with the Afghan National Security Adviser over controversial remarks he made on a visit to the US two years ago but contact has since been resumed.