Afghan en­voy sum­moned over ‘use of soil’ for at­tacks

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan has sum­moned Afghan en­voy to share con­cerns over the use of Afghan ter­ri­tory for at­tacks in the coun­try, the For­eign Min­istry said on Tues­day.

Pak­istan mil­i­tary says the re­cent at­tack on a univer­sity that killed 21 peo­ple, mostly stu­dents, was con­trolled by Pak­istani Tal­iban com­man­ders in Afghanistan. Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif said at the week­end that "rogue el­e­ments" in Afghanistan are in­volved in ter­ror­ists ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan. He how­ever said Is­lam­abad does not blame the Afghan govern­ment.

"The Afghan Charge d'Af­faires, Syed Ab­dul Nasir Yousafi was called to the For­eign Of­fice yes­ter­day to con­vey Pak­istan's con­cern re­gard­ing the use of Afghan soil by cer­tain tr­ror­ist el­e­ments in the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tack on Bacha Khan Univer­sity in Charsada on 20 Jan­uary," the For­eign Min­istry said.

"He was told that in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that han­dlers of this ter­ror­ist act were op­er­at­ing from Afghan ter­ri­tory and used Afghan telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work for plan­ning and ex­e­cut­ing this at­tack. In this re­gard, the rel­e­vant de­tails have al­ready been shared with the Afghan side," a state­ment said.

Afghan au­thor­i­ties have re­ported re­jected the Pak­istani state­ments. A day af­ter the at­tack, Pak­istan Army Chief, Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif, spoke to the Afghan Pres­i­dent, the Afghan chief ex­ec­u­tive and the com­man­der of the for­eign forces a day af­ter the at­tack and told them that a Pak­istani Tal­iban com­man­der con­trolled the at­tack.

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