Several ministers from the ruling PTI strongly criticised PML-N supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for meeting Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib, saying it “proved his connections with Pakistan’s enemies”.
The previous night, Afghanistan’s National Security Council’s Twitter account shared a picture of Mohib and Afghan State Minister for Peace Sayed Sadat Naderi meeting Nawaz in London, where the former prime minister has been staying since 2019, to “discuss matters of mutual interest”.
While commenting on the meeting, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said “this is why sending Nawaz Sharif abroad was dangerous because such people become a part of international plots.”
Nawaz’s meeting with “RAW’s (Indian intelligence agency — Research and Analysis Wing) biggest ally in Afghanistan is an example of this”.
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari questioned what the “matters of mutual interest” were.
Afridi said that Nawaz’s statements had already been “used” by India at international forums.
Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz termed the meeting as “nothing new”, saying Nawaz had “always kept company with enemies of Pakistan, be it (steel tycoon Sajjan) Jindal or Modi”.
Responding to the criticism, Maryam Nawaz said the foundation of Nawaz’s ideology was the peaceful coexistence of Pakistan with its neighbours and he had “worked tirelessly” for it.
“It is the very essence of diplomacy to talk to everyone, listen to their point of view and convey one’s own message across: something this government doesn’t comprehend and hence is a complete failure on the international front,” she said.