Afghan govt offers Pakistan to resolve issues through dialogue
By The South Asia Times
KABUL: Afghan Taliban Government on Tuesday reacted to a recent statement of Pakistani Interior Minister to hit terrorist hideouts inside Afghanistan if the Taliban didn’t take action and called it “regrettable.”.
“Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants good relations with all its neighboring countries, including Pakistan, in the spirit of good neighborliness and believes in all the ways that can bring us to this goal,” Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman said in a statement.
Mujahid called the Pakistani officials statements as “incorrect” and said they are trying its best that the territory of Afghanistan is not used against Pakistan or any other country.
“We are committed to this goal, but the Pakistani side is also responsible to try controlling the situation, refrain from giving baseless statements and provocative assertions, because such statement and mistrust is not in the interest of either side,” he said.
“As the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan values peace and stability in its own country, it wants peace and stability for the entire region and continues its efforts in this regard,” Mujahid concluded.
On Monday, Pakistan warned that no country will be allowed to provide sanctuaries and facilitation to terrorists and carrying out attacks in Pakistan.
In a statement, issued after the meeting of National Security Committee (NSC), chaired by Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif, said that and Pakistan reserves all rights in that respect to safeguard her people.
“NSC reiterated its resolve to have zero tolerance for terrorism in Pakistan and reaffirmed its determination to take on any and all entities that resort to violence. This will be dealt with full force of the state. Pakistan’s security is uncompromisable and the full writ of the state will be maintained on every inch of Pakistan’s territory,” said in a statement.
NSC, a high-level forum of civilian and military leadership, discussed the security and economic situation in the South Asian country.
The country's Defense Minister Khawaja Asif also claimed that terrorists are using Afghan soil against Pakistan and carrying out attacks from there.