Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major-General Asim Bajwa on Friday said that the attack on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Badaber camp earlier in the day was planned and controlled from Afghanistan. Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has on Saturday said that the evidence of Badaber Air Base attack to Afghanistan after the neighbouring country yesterday denied the use of its soil for the attack. It is strange that the burden of proof is always on Pakistan, whether it is India or RAW, while it is Pakistan that has just lost at least 29 lives.

Pakistan in its foreign policy always plays it safe and Afghanistan should be grateful for it. We are host to million of Afghans, and have only suffered since the Afghan War. While the Soviet Union and the United States have played their game in the region and used us as a pawn, Afghanistan sees us in isolation. And easy culprit for events with their scope far beyond just Pakistan’s regional interests.

And what is Pakistan’s interest in Afghanistan? None, actually. It’s a weak economy, doesn’t have many resources. The best it can offer us is trade, which is due to Indian influence. Pakistan’s interest has always been the protection of itself from India, and the solution to the Kashmir issue. Our alliance with the US in the 80s was not about Afghanistan or regional influence; it was about balancing the Indian threat. Whatever we have done, even if misguided, can be termed as defensive realism. We have never been on the offensive, and are still not.

Aziz has said that both the countries are responsible for eliminating terrorism from their areas. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani seems to think it is just Pakistan’s problem and responsibility.

Perhaps, it is time to enforce tough border controls with Afghanistan, or perhaps, seal the border, and create security-cordoned zones in KPK. However, such drastic measure will only increase Afghan resentment and make the situation worse. The blame-game does nothing to increase the security of both states, but cooperation at the state and military level can. That seems to be the point that Aziz is trying to make.

In a statement issued from the Afghan Presidential Palace, a spokesman said that the Afghan government “has never, nor will it ever allow its territory to be used against other countries”. The problem is that criminals hardly ever ask for permission from the state.