Is­lam­abad rub­bishes Ghani’s al­le­ga­tions

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

IS­LAM­ABAD—A day af­ter Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at­tacked Is­lam­abad for shel­ter­ing ter­ror­ists, the For­eign Of­fice on Tues­day re­nounced the al­le­ga­tions say­ing Pakistan does not dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween ter­ror groups.

“Pakistan con­demns all forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions of ter­ror­ism and it is com­mit­ted in the fight against his men­ace,” a statement is­sued by the of­fice of FO spokesper­son Nafees Zakaria said. “Pakistan it­self is the big­gest vic­tim of ter­ror­ism in which thou­sands of our se­cu­rity per­son­nel have sac­ri­ficed their lives.”

The spokesper­son said Pakistan is mak­ing se­ri­ous ef­forts for peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Afghanistan. “Pakistan hosted the first round of di­rect talks be­tween Afghan govern­ment and Tal­iban but Pakistan alone is not re­spon­si­ble for bringing the Tal­iban back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing table,” he main­tained.

Zakaria also said the Quadri­lat­eral Co­or­di­na­tion Group was con­sti­tuted to achieve the ob­jec­tive of peace and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan. “Peace in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try is in the in­ter­est of Pakistan,” the FO spokesper­son stressed.

The de­vel­op­ment comes as the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two neigh­bour­ing coun­tries de­te­ri­o­rates once again fol­low­ing a deadly at­tack on Afghan se­cu­rity agency head­quar­ters in Kabul on April 19. An Afghan pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son had ac­cused the Haqqani Net­work of plan­ning the at­tack in Pakistan with help from for­eign in­tel­li­gence cir­cles.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.