Peace will prevail in Afghanistan only if terrorist sanctuaries are destroyed: Ajit Doval   

New Delhi: – Indian National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval, has warned that peace cannot be established in Afghanistan unless the safe havens and sanctuaries for terrorists are eliminated from the face of the earth. NSA, Ajit Doval, without mentioning the name, pointed out that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism was the main reason for the violence in Afghanistan during his discussion with Zalmay Khalilzad, special US envoy for Afghanistan. Special envoy Khalilzad visited India to discuss the peace process in Afghanistan. He held discussions with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval during the visit. A peace deal was signed between the United States and Taliban in the month of February. The peace deal is under threat and the United States, who announced military withdrawal from Afghanistan, also is in a quandary. In this situation, US envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, is making desperate efforts to save the peace deal. He is on a visit to India and Pakistan with this objective.  

 But Indian NSA Ajit Doval clearly pointed out to the US Special envoy that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism is the root cause of the conflict in Afghanistan. Ajit Doval clarified in the meeting that till the time safe havens and sanctuaries for terrorists exist, it is not possible that peace can be established in Afghanistan. India has time and again pointed out that these safe havens and shelters are very much existing in Pakistan. The Afghan government also has repeatedly announced to the world that the safe havens for terrorists, in Pakistan, is the root cause of the terrorism problem in Afghanistan.   

It has been exposed that the infamous Pakistani intelligence agency ISI has initiated a spate of fierce attacks in Afghanistan, using the terrorists from the Haqqani group and Jaish-e-Mohammed. In the month of March, a terror attack was carried out on a Sikh Gurudwara in the Afghan capital of Kabul. It was exposed that this attack was perpetrated by Pakistani terrorists and the Afghan agencies arrested these Pakistani terrorists. This, once again, endorses the Indian claims of Pakistani involvement in the violence in Afghanistan. Ajit Doval pointed out to Special Envoy Khalilzad that Pakistan will not help in resolving the Afghanistan issue as Pakistan itself is the root cause of the problem in Afghanistan, in different words.  Whereas, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar assured Khalilzad that India would help, in every possible way, for the development of Afghanistan. Zalmay Khalilzad praised the Indian contribution towards progress and prosperity of Afghanistan. Following the Indian visit, Khalilzad will be proceeding on a visit to Pakistan. 

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