Culprits of Afghan crisis seeking to create misunderstandings between neighbors: JI leader

Islamabad, IRNA -- The foreign policy director of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan's top religious party, stressing the importance of the role of Tehran and Islamabad to help bring peace and stability in Afghanistan, has warned that foreign occupiers who are responsible for the situation of Afghanistan were trying to create misunderstandings between neighboring states.

"The United States and NATO are the main culprits in the destruction of Afghanistan, the killing of thousands of innocent people and the simultaneous unrest in the region," Asif Luqman Qazi said in an exclusive interview with IRNA in Islamabad on Saturday.

Referring to the long-standing association of Pakistani religious leaders, including Jamaat-e-Islami, with Afghan society and resistance leaders in the neighboring country, he added: Iran and Pakistan have always supported the Afghan people against foreign aggression.

Asif Luqman, the son of the late Qazi Hussain Ahmad, one of Pakistan's most popular religious leaders and a unifying figure among the Muslim Ummah, said just leave Afghanistan.

He stressed: The defeat of the United States and its Western allies is an obvious scandal, and now with their departure, an important opportunity has been provided for regional actors, especially the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan, to help the brotherly nation in Afghanistan.

The director of the Jamaat-e-Islami party's foreign policy warned: The Americans will launch new plans to escape the scandal of Afghan war, one of the most common of which is creating misunderstandings between neighbors and sabotaging cooperation between regional actors.

He stressed: In addition to the West, some countries have lost their special interests with the defeat of the occupiers in Afghanistan and to compensate their failure, they will sabotage the peace efforts and cooperation between the political forces of Afghanistan.

Asif Luqman Qazi called for coordination of the joint approach and strategy between Iran, Pakistan and China for Afghanistan and said we consider any conflict of interest between neighbors in Afghanistan unlikely.

However, if there are any considerations, it should be for the sake of nations and interests. Let's address the region and make it our main goal to help the people of Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in the Tajik capital, a joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Iran, China, Russia and Pakistan was held with the focus on Afghanistan, and the two sides stressed the need to strengthen peace, stability and security in Afghanistan and the region.

Also on the sidelines of the SCO summit yesterday, during a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Iranian Foreign Minister said that Iran and Pakistan, as Afghanistan's neighbors, suffer the most because of the situation in this country, and there need for Tehran-Islamabad consensus on how to restore stability and peace in Afghanistan.

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