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Pakistan — not a brotherly country?

Afghan­istan’s presid­ent conven­iently forgot what Pakist­anis have done for Afghan­istan

ISLAMABAD: President Ashraf Ghani says Pakistan is not a brotherly country. He lived in Pakistan for years, as did four million Afghan refugees whose exodus from Afghanistan started in the 1970s and more than half of whom are still enjoying life while living across the border in Pakistan.

Pakistan provides Afghanistan with wheat, flour, rice, grains, cattle, cloth, households, kitchen items, all petroleum products and construction materials. Afghans living in Pakistan have obtained identity cards, bought properties, run businesses and transport and communication centres — from Khyber to Karachi. Their children study in Pakistani schools and the parents are not willing to go back, despite there being so-called peace in Afghanistan. Yet, the Afghan president says that Pakistan is not a brotherly country.

It is, perhaps, Afghanistan that has not been a brotherly country for Pakistan, when at the time of independence, in 1947, it refused to recognise our country. And even today, its president has conveniently forgotten what Pakistanis have done for Afghanistan. We continue to get killed at the hands of terrorists with the menace often originating in Afghanistan.

Hamza Ali

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2015.

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