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US asks Pakistan suppress militants pursuing cross-border attacks


The United States has asked Pakistan to suppress the militant groups pursuing cross-border attacks, days after the country’s national security adviser Sartaj Aziz opposed to take military actions against the Afghan Taliban.

A State Department official has reportedly reminded Islamabad that in December last year Afghanistan and Pakistan signed a joint statement, agreeing, “not to allow use of their respective soil against each other”.

The official has further added that Afghanistan and Pakistan had also agreed to “sternly handle any elements crossing over and getting involved in violence on either side, through active intelligence sharing and intelligence-based operations”.

Aziz had earlier said such a policy had not brought results for 14 long years, refering to Kabul’s demand to act against the Taliban leaderships in Peshawar and Quetta cities.

“Afghanistan has been insisting that if the peace negotiations do not start, then other option should be tried. But that option has been used for 14 years but it has not produced any result,” he said.

President Ghani ordered the Afghan security institutions to start crackdown against the Taliban groups pursuing violence and asked Islamabad to take actions against the sanctuaries of the groups in its soil.

The remarks by President Ghani followed a deadly attack in capital Kabul on a VIP protection unit which left at least 64 people dead and 347 others wounded.

In his remarks to announce the government’s stance towards peace efforts and fight against terrorism, President Ghani also added that Kabul does not expect Pakistan to bring the Taliban to the negotiation table”. -KP


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