Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador on Wednesday February 20th over his remarks that Afghan peace talks could be affected if India resorted to violence after last week's attack on Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir.
The comments made by ambassador Zahid Nasrullah were deemed to be "in contradiction with Pakistan's commitments with regard to realising peace in Afghanistan,” according to a statement issued by the Afghan Foreign Ministry.
On Tuesday February 19th, Pakistani diplomat Nasrullah said that any attack by India would "affect the stability of the entire region and impact the momentum" of the Afghan peace effort.
Since the suicide bomb attack in the disputed Kashmir region, tensions between India and Pakistan have risen sharply. Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack. India has blamed Pakistan, saying Islamabad has not done enough to control militants based on its soil.
US envoys say Pakistan has an important role to play in the peace effort, given its links to the Taliban. At the same time, a former deputy Afghan defence minister said on Tuesday that Nasrullah's remarks would anger local government officials, saying it played into fears that the country's long-running civil war is a proxy for rivalries by regional powers.
The Afghan statement said the government "once again calls on Pakistan to act upon its commitments with regards to Afghanistan, particularly those in relation to peace and refrain from making irrelevant statements that do not help solve any problem."