Afghan Taliban to support Pakistan against foreign invasion: Sami-ul-Haq

Maulana-Sami-ul-HaqKABUL: A prominent Pakistani politician and religious figure Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has claimed the Afghan Taliban will support Pakistan in the event the country is invaded by the foreigners.

The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam leader in a statement has said the Afghan Taliban leaders have declared their support to Islamabad during a gathering chaired by Mufti Mehmood Zakri.

The statement was released from a religious seminary in Akora Khattak, according to the local media reports.

The statement further adds that the Afghan Taliban and Emarat Islami Afghanistan members under the Itehad-e-Ulemai Afghanistan sent a letter to Maulana Sami after the meeting to confirm their support to Pakistan in the event the country is attacked by US or India.

The Afghan Taliban group has not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the Afghan and US officials have long been criticizing Islamabad for remaining reckless to act against the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network sanctuaries as they claim that the leadership councils of the two groups are based in the key cities of Pakistan from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan, including some of the deadly attacks on US forces.

In the meantime, the pressures on the rise on Islamabad by Washington in the aftermath of the new US strategy regarding the terror sanctuaries.

While announcing the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia last month, the US President Donald Trump strongly criticized Pakistan regarding the terror sanctuaries, saying  “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.  The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict.  And that could happen.” -KP

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