Terrorism Will Bite Like A Snake, Afghanistan President Warns Pakistan

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Terrorism Will Bite Like A Snake, Afghanistan President Warns Pakistan

President Ashraf Ghani also slammed Islamabad for differentiating between 'good' and 'bad' terrorists.


New Delhi:  Unleashing a belligerent attack on Pakistan for brewing terrorism, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani during his recent visit to New Delhi said that Islamabad's policy of differentiating between "good terrorists" and "bad terrorists" is not right, before adding that terrorism will bite his neighbour like a snake. 

"Terrorism will bite probably like a snake (sic). States need to have a common perspective," he warned. "The threat of terrorism is not a passing threat, and terrorist organisations change very rapidly, even if their objectives remain the same," Ghani was quoted as saying by World Press.

"A tiny minority cannot be allowed to hijack a civilization and a religion. There is no terrorism in the past 160 years except for adherence, practitioners from every civilization that we take. So, there is no reason to demonize a certain civilization. But on the other hand, members of that community have an obligation to speak truth to violence (sic)," Ghani said. It is unacceptable to speak in the name of Islam. Islam does not allow for terrorism. Terrorism must be condemned and we must stand together to contain it. Extremism cannot be permitted a platform. This is denial of everything that we stand for, and everything that civilization has stood for," the Afghan president added.

Ghani's made these remarks while addressing 'Fifth Wave of Political Violence and Global Terrorism' at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis.

President Ghani further slammed Pakistan for the recent strain in relations over Islamabad's support for Taliban operating in Afghanistan.

"There is war in Pakistan which the media doesn't speak about. There are 207,000 Pakistani forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. This violence needs coverage and understanding, and needs to be stopped," he said.

"Making a distinction between good and bad terrorism is an approach that is enormously shortsighted. Those who think they can manipulate the psychology of this phenomenon or affect the pathology are mistaken. Afghanistan does not allow terrorists to launch attacks from its soil, despite the fact that it is under attack," he added. 

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