Kabul: In order to link the situation in Afghanistan with the Kashmir issue, the Taliban has targeted Pakistan, saying that Kabul should not be turned into a theater of competition between New Delhi and Islamabad.
According to Anadolu News Agency, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement on Thursday, "Nothing will be achieved by some parties linking the issue of Kashmir with Afghanistan. Because this issue is not related to Afghanistan nor should Afghanistan be turned into a theater of competition between other countries.
In fact, President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Leader of the Opposition, Shahbaz Sharif, compared the situation in Afghanistan with Kashmir in Parliament earlier this week.
Sharif said, "How is it that Afghans enjoy peace while celebrating in Kabul, but blood is shed in Kashmir. No, it is not acceptable to us."
After this, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai also expressed sorrow over this comment and tweeted to the Pakistan government not to give such a statement. Apart from this, Sharif's remarks were also rejected by Afghan citizens on social media.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's embassy in Kabul said on Thursday that the Kashmir issue will not affect peace operations in Afghanistan.
Addressing a press conference, Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan said, "The Kashmir issue has nothing to do with violence in Afghanistan and it is unfortunately still unresolved."
Tensions between India and Pakistan have increased after India recently repealed Article 370 of the Constitution giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir.