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Jaishankar wants list of Pak projects in Afghanistan
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Jaishankar wants list of Pak projects in Afghanistan

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Washington, Oct 3 : External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has virtually thrown a challenge to India's western neighbour saying - "I would like to see a list of Pakistani development projects in Afghanistan" and also maintained that the American establishment is now heading for a 'change of posture' in Afghanistan.

"....I think everybody can see that -- the US is heading for a change of posture, but what exactly that change of posture would be is unclear," Dr Jaishankar said at an interaction organised by a Washington-based think-tank on Wednesday.The Minister said, India has historical, cultural and also economic, developmental and political relationship with Afghanistan.

"We know that it's a very, extremely pluralistic polity. Overall, we do believe that, in any country, the people of that country, the elected representatives of that country, all of them should obviously have a very major voice about the direction of events in that society," he said.

He said: "If you ask (Pakistan) what did you contribute in the last 18 years, I think probably the best answer they would come up with is, we host a lot of refugees (from Afghanistan), which is true. But then it's a question of what they did with that housing".
The remarks have significance of their own as relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have long been marred by mutual accusations that militant extremists find shelter on the other side of the border. Speaking in larger context, he said the US policy on Afghanistan is now heading for a change in terms of its posture.

"On Afghanistan and Pakistan, I have had conversations with the Americans in Washington and otherwise on Afghanistan. My overall impression is that -- I mean, it's not an impression, I think everybody can see that-- the US is heading for a change of posture, but what exactly that change of posture would be is unclear," he said at the interaction with members of The Heritage Foundation.

He also clarified - "At the end of the day, it is completely America's business, what posture it has". Last month, after meeting top US officials involved in Afghanistan, Dr Jaishankar had said: "The US had an 18-year military commitment in Afghanistan. And frankly, I can't think of any other country is capable of such a commitment".

On September 24, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi too was in the US, Dr Jaishankar has met with US envoy for Afghanistan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad and exchanged views on the latest situation in the war-ravaged Afghanistan.(UNI)