Afghan government on Thursday said it will not participate at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SARRC) summit expected to be held in Pakistan as long as big security issues in the region are addressed.
“Afghanistan will not participate at SARRC summit in Pakistan as long as the neighboring countries’ vision is clarified about security and other issues in the region,” said Shahussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani.
Meanwhile, a number of analysts said they welcome the move by Afghan government and that Afghanistan can use more options to isolate Pakistan.
“Afghanistan is about to win. Pakistan has been isolated in South Asia by this move and other regional countries are also supporting Afghanistan in its decision to boycott the summit in Pakistan,” said Nasrullah Stanikzai, a University lecturer.
“This is a good option for the Afghan government to avoid attending the summit. We appreciate this move,” said Abdul Subhan Mesbah, deputy head of Afghanistan’s Lawyers Union.
New Delhi was the first country that refused to participate at the summit as Indian government believes that Islamabad backs terrorist groups.
So far five countries have refused to participate in the conference, reports indicate.