Torkham bor­der ....

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

tion of nor­mal traf­fic and ex­pressed Pak­istan’s de­sire for strength­en­ing our broth­erly re­la­tions with Afghanistan through en­hanced bi­lat­eral en­gage­ment.

De­fense Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif on Thurs­day said that Pak­istan is de­ter­mined for ef­fec­tive bor­der man­age­ment with Afghanistan for peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion.

Mak­ing a pol­icy state­ment in the Se­nate on the re­cent ten­sion in Pak-Afghan re­la­tions, he said the gov­ern­ment has been in talks with the Afghan gov­ern­ment over one year to en­sure bet­ter man­age­ment of the bor­der in or­der to stop in­fil­tra­tion of mil­i­tants from both sides. He said this is in the in­ter­est of both the coun­tries.

De­fence Min­is­ter said TTP is re­spon­si­ble for all the acts of ter­ror­ism in Pak­istan. He said the TTP is be­ing pro­vided safe havens on Afghan soil and Afghan In­tel­li­gence agen­cies are sup­port­ing it.

He said Pak­istan has no dis­pute with Afghanistan. If three mil­lion Afghan refugees, who are be­ing pro­vided refugee for three decades, go back, Pak­istan would nei­ther be blamed for host­ing Quetta Shoora nor to the Haqqani net­work.

He made it cat­e­gor­i­cally clear that Pak­istan would not take a step back in con­nec­tion with bor­der man­age­ment.

He said that there are 78 cross­ing points on Pak-Afghan bor­der. He said Afghan refugees have put neg­a­tive im­pact on our econ­omy. He said while Pak­ista­nis are not pro­vided any pref­er­en­tial treat­ment in Afghanistan, we are pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion, health and other ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties to Afghan refugees.

Re­fer­ring to the re­cent ten­sion caused by clashes at Torkham bor­der, the Min­is­ter reaf­firmed Pak­istan’s com­mit­ment for broth­erly re­la­tions with the neigh­bour­ing coun­try.

He said both the coun­tries share com­mon his­tory, cul­ture and re­li­gion and their des­tinies are in­ter­linked. He said we have no an­i­mos­ity with Afghanistan; rather in­ter­ests of both the coun­tries are in­ter­con­nected.

He said peace in Pak­istan is linked with peace in Afghanistan. It was in this con­text that the QCG in­volv­ing Pak­istan, China, Afghanistan and the United States was es­tab­lished to ex­pe­dite the peace ef­forts.

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