Afghan government has right to hot pursuit,
Pajhwok Correspondent - Jun 18, 2008 - 14:50
NEW YORK (PAN): A Washington-based Baluch organization
has welcomed the statement of President Hamid
Karzai that Afghanistan has the right to self
defense and to send its troops across the border
to destroy the terrorists living there.
"It is a very legitimate statement. People of
Baluchistan would not only welcome but also would
provide full support to Afghan forces in defeating
the terrorists who are sheltered by Pakistani
authorities," Ahmar Mustikhan, founder-member
of the American Friends of Balochistan , told
Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview.
A senior diplomat-based in Washington also told
Pajhwok Afghan News that a number of Pakistan-based
organizations have welcomed the statement made
by President Karzai in Kabul early this week.
"We believe Afghanistan has complete right to
pursue terrorists. There should be no doubt in
any one mind that today Pakistan is main source
of international terrorism," Mustikhan said.
Arguing that the right to hot pursuit is recognized
even by the United Nations, Mustikhan alleged
that ISI-supported terrorists organizations based
in Pakistan were responsible for the attack on
Kandahar prison in which some 900 criminals and
terrorists were freed.
"The action that the Afghan Government would
take is fully justified for the simple reason
that the area from which Afghanistan is being
attacked has historically belonged to Afghanistan
," he claimed. "This (Afghan forces attacking
terrorists) is what the people of Baluchistan
have hoped for and prayed for the past 60 years," he
Asserting that President Karzai holds hope for
the entire region, he said: "Karzai is the hope
for the suffering people of Pashtunistan and
for suffering people of Baluchistan . We want
him to send his forces at the earliest."
"We are of the considerate opinion that what
is happening in Kandahar and other places, the
main people behind these operations are the same
and all the roads would lead to the GHQ in Rawalpindi," he
"We are all out to support the Government of
Afghanistan in whatever way possible. If a call
comes from Kabul , I am very sure, thousands
of Baluch youths would go in support of the Afghan
government," Mustikhan said.