The Pakistan High Commission in Colombo has rejected comments made by the Afghan Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ashraf Haidari, where he had said that Taliban-produced drugs are entering Sri Lanka through Pakistan.
Haidari had made the comments in an interview to the Daily Mirror newspaper.
Responding to the comments, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said in a statement that the comment is an attempt to misguide and mislead the citizens of a friendly country.
“Undoubtedly, Pakistan has been a frontline country in global fight against terrorism and in the process has suffered like no other country in the world. This pivotal and leading role of Pakistan against terrorism has been acknowledged globally. Unfortunately, Pakistan itself continues to suffer at the hands of terrorists having safe havens in ungoverned spaces of Afghanistan. Those terrorists have been playing havoc in different parts of Pakistan especially in tribal areas and Balochistan,” the High Commission said.
The High Commission said that Afghanistan is the worlds largest narco producer as per the NATO report adding that its warlords and warring factions of its society have been thriving on drug trafficking business.
“Drug trafficking is a serious crime and Pakistan has taken numerous steps to check the narco trade. It has a potent Anti-Narcotics Force and has been pursuing the fencing of Pakistan Afghanistan Border rigorously to not only check cross border terrorism but to arrest the possibility of narco traders slipping through its porous borders. However, sadly the fencing process has been interfered and disrupted from Afghanistan side. Being origin of the narco production, lion’s share responsibility remains on Afghanistan Government to take concrete steps in eradicating poppy cultivation from its country, which statics show has increased under present government as compared to the Taliban regime,” the High Commission said.
The High Commission said that the Afghan envoy would have fared well if he had apprised the Sri Lankan citizens of Pakistan’s role in the recent peace agreement with Taliban and now the intra Afghan dialogue.
“Hosting over three million Afghan refugees permanently and the thousands of Afghans visiting Pakistan on daily basis for medical treatment and other social obligations are few gestures of Pakistan that His Excellency should have communicated to his audience. Afghanistan is a brotherly country having ethno religious and historical linkages with our people and country. Pakistan as in the past will continue to stand besides Afghanistan to help it stand on its feet as a prosperous and peaceful country. Because a peaceful Afghanistan is in the interest of both Pakistan, the region and international peace,” the Pakistan High Commission said. (Colombo Gazette)