Hours after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani slammed Pakistan for its export of terror, Pakistan said to not "blame one country" for the terror.
"We need to have an objective and holistic view rather to blame one country", said Pakistan Prime Minister's advisor Sartaj Aziz, at the Heart of Asia Conference, according to Pakistan High Commission Abdul Basit.
Aziz asserted his attending the meet despite "escalation" along the LoC was testimony to Pakistan's "unflinching" commitment for lasting peace in Afghanistan and expressed unhappiness over cancellation of SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November, terming it as a setback to regional cooperation.
Noting that Pakistan was aware about serious challenges being faced by Afghanistan, Aziz said, "The first and foremost in our view is continuing violence and acts of terrorism claiming scores of human lives. This needs to be addressed urgently and effectively through collective efforts.
"The security situation in Afghanistan is very complex. It is simplistic to blame only one country for the recent upsurge in violence. We need to have an objective and holistic view."
"Peaceful resolution of outstanding disputes will further improve regional cooperation and connectivity," Aziz reportedly added.
Ghani today took swipe Pakistan for exporting terror by saying that the $500 million promised by Islamabad for Afghan reconstruction would be better used fighting terrorism. He added that while he didn't want to indulge in a "blame game", the fact remains that some countries "provide sanctuary" to terror.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's defence minister Khawaja Asif has termed Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's statement regrettable.
"Pres. @ashrafghani's regrettable statements at #HeartofAsia amount to placing blame for his ineffective governance at Pakistan's doorstep," Asif tweeted.