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Former advisor to US Army says Pakistan not be blamed for Kabul’s failures

In response to Afghanistan’s terse rhetoric against Pakistan, #BlameGameonPakistan is trending on Twitter. Pakistan’s role as a peace mediator is recognized worldwide, yet the Kabul government is blaming Islamabad for its own inability to protect its country against the advances made by the Taliban.

The Afghan and Indian-led narrative against Pakistan has received a charged response from people on social media. At first, #SanctionPakistan was trending under the context that Pakistan is a safe haven for terror outfits like the Taliban.

A video clip of Carter Malkasian went viral amidst these tweets. Malkasian has authored the book “The American War in Afghanistan: A History”. In conversation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), he laid out the argument that US troops withdrew from Afghanistan, and there remained the Afghan forces who failed to solidify their control against the Taliban. He argued that the Afghan failure has nothing to do with Pakistan.

Habib Khan, a Kabul-based journalist, was one of the first to criticise Pakistan, who encouraged his 97,000 followers to help the hashtag reach a million tweets. Pakistan lashed out in response that Afghanistan lacks the capacity to protect its own people and resorts to blame game to divert attention from issues at home.

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Pakistani ministers, on Tuesday, slammed Afghanistan. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said, “Pakistan stands for peace and nothing could be gained from conflicts. Everyone knows for whom people like Hamdullah Mohib work.” Sheikh Rasheed also said that Pakistan has nothing to do with the internal matters of Afghanistan. Pakistani Twitter users have been tweeting to neutralise the negative narrative against Pakistan.

Recently Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) released its detailed research on Disinformation & Propaganda Campaign to Sabotage Afghan Peace Process. This data provides insights into the activities of the Afghan and Indian led initiatives to sabotage Pakistan’s efforts. Despite their attempts, Pakistan is still a focal member of the Peace meetings proceeding at Doha, under the banner of extended Troika.

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On 11th August, Tuesday, the Foreign Office released a statement saying “Pakistan attaches high importance to the Troika Plus mechanism, involving Pakistan, US, Russia and China…This meeting of Troika Plus in Doha is taking place at an important time when the security situation in Afghanistan is continuously deteriorating particularly as the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country continue.”