Kabul: The Afghan government today accused
Pakistan of failing to help bring peace to the region, saying
"certain circles" in its neighbour were funding an insurgency
plaguing both countries.
The Islamist insurgency that has been raging in
Afghanistan for more than nine years was likely to continue
unless Pakistan "joined the world" to stop it, Waheed Omer,
spokesman for President Hamid Karzai, said.
"The stance of the Afghan government has always been
this: Pakistan can play a very effective role in bringing
peace to Afghanistan, the region and Pakistan itself," he told
"But unfortunately it has not yet played that very
Omer was reacting to a question about comments by US
President Barack Obama who in India on Sunday said Pakistan
was making progress against the "cancer" of extremism, but not
Omer said "certain circles" -- likely to be seen as a
reference to Pakistan`s ISI intelligence agency which has long
been accused of protecting and funding the Taliban -- were
whipping up and prolonging the war.
"There are some certain circles unfortunately that are
not only not helping bring peace to the region but are
instigating insecurity and supporting illegitimate terrorist
activities," he said.
Islamabad has denied allegations that it supports the
Taliban, whose leadership is based in lawless tribal area near
the Afghan border.