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JuA enjoys safe havens in Afghanistan; Aziz to Atmar

JuA enjoys safe havens in Afghanistan; Aziz to Atmar

Feb 17, 2017 - 19:38


KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Foreign Affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz on Friday telephoned National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and convoyed Islamabad’s anguish and pain at the recent terrorist incidents in parts of Pakistan, a statement from the Pakistan foreign office said.

Over a hundred people were killed and scores injured in recent terrorist attack in different part of Pakistan, according to reports.

Aziz told to the Afghan National Security Adviser that terrorist group Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) was behind these barbaric acts of terrorism. He expressed serious concern that JuA continued to operate from its sanctuaries and safe haven in Afghanistan for undertaking terrorism in Pakistan and the Government of Afghanistan had not paid a heed to Pakistan’s repeated calls on the Afghan government to take action against the group and its activities based in Afghanistan, the statement said.

In this regard, Pakistan had shared a list of suspected JuA terrorists with the Government of Afghanistan for action against them.

The Adviser to the Prime Minister underscored that terrorism was a common threat and its elimination required close cooperation. He said it was important that Afghan government should take strong action against such elements to reaffirm that its soil was not used for terrorism in Pakistan.

Mr. Sartaj Aziz emphasized that cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan was vital for effectively combating the scourge of terrorism. In this regard, effective border management was required to prevent the movement of terrorist elements across the border.

The Afghan National Security Adviser expressed his government’s condolences over the loss of lives in the recent terrorist incidents in Pakistan.