Pak-Afghan ac­cord ex­ists against use of soil for ter­ror

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Sun­day cat­e­gor­i­cally stated that Pak­istan and Afghanistan had an agree­ment against use of their soils by any ter­ror­ist group.

Talk­ing to me­di­a­men here af­ter ar­rival from Geneva, the Prime Min­is­ter said that cer­tain ter­ror­ist el­e­ments in­side Afghanistan were in­volved in at­tacks against Pak­istan, in­clud­ing Army Pub­lic School and the most re­cent Charsadda Univer­sity.

"Pak­istan is strictly abid­ing the agree­ment and nei­ther the Afghan govern­ment is vi­o­lat­ing it," he main­tained. He stressed that Afghanistan had an elected govern­ment, armed forces and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies and it was their re­spon­si­bil­ity to act. "There is a need that such ac­tiv­i­ties should be curbed," he added. Re­spond­ing to a query, the Prime Min­is­ter said that Pak­istan strongly sup­ported the Afghan-led and Afghanowned peace process as the sta­bil­ity in the re­gion was in­ter­linked with the sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan.

He said that the lat­est quadri­lat­eral meet­ing of co­or­di­nated group com­pris­ing Afghanistan, Pak­istan, the United States and China, in Kabul was very en­cour­ag­ing. "The three coun­tries in the group wanted a peace­ful set­tle­ment to the Afghan is­sue," he said and stressed that it was not the lone re­spon­si­bil­ity of Pak­istan. The Prime Min­is­ter ex­pressed the hope that there would be progress on the nascent ini­tia­tive. About the Pathankot at­tack, the Prime Min­is­ter said that Pak­istan had not lev­elled any blame but there should be no in­ter­fer­ence into each other's affairs. "Pak­istan has a very firm stance over it," he added. He said that Pak­istan was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and the facts would be brought for­ward when­ever in­ves­ti­ga­tions were over.

He said a spe­cial team had been con­sti­tuted to thor­oughly probe the is­sue and it would also visit In­dia to fur­ther col­lect ev­i­dences.

The In­dian Prime Min­is­ter had also as­sured of fur­ther as­sis­tance in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process, he said, adding that they were work­ing on the right lines.

To a ques­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter said that it was Pak­istan's de­sire to ease ten­sions be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and Iran and bridge the chasm in their bi­lat­eral ties.

"We have taken the ini­tia­tive on our own. No­body called us to ini­ti­ate it," he made it clear.

He said that they had talked to both sides and wait­ing for a re­sponse af­ter which the things would move for­ward.

About the Na­tional Ac­tion Plan, the Prime Min­is­ter said that it was be­ing im­ple­mented vig­or­ously and a plan was on the anvil to tackle the mil­i­tant el­e­ments.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that Pak­istan was fac­ing cer­tain is­sues, which could not be tack­led sin­gle hand­edly and re­quired con­sul­ta­tions with all the stake­hold­ers. The govern­ment, the army and other in­sti­tu­tions used to hold close con­sul­ta­tions over cer­tain im­por­tant is­sues which also helped them a lot, he added.

He said whether it was a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing war on ter­ror­ism, bring­ing about a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment, set­ting up mil­i­tary courts or for­mu­lat­ing the Na­tional Ac­tion Plan, th­ese were achieved af­ter con­sul­ta­tions. The Prime Min­is­ter said, "Our re­li­gion Is­lam also ad­vises us to sort out is­sues and dif­fer­ences through con­sul­ta­tions." "It is fre­quently done through which I also get in­put, en­abling the govern­ment to reach a de­ci­sion," he added.

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