Islamabad Calls on Kabul to Take Action Against ‘Terrorist Entities’
Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch called on the Afghan interim government to take steps against “terrorist entities and to ensure that they do not pose a threat to Pakistani people and Pakistani security forces.”
Speaking at a press conference, Baloch said they are in “contact with the Afghan interim authorities on security and counter-terrorism matters including our concerns regarding terrorist entities which have hideouts in Afghanistan.”
“We expect the Afghan authorities to take action against these terrorist entities and to ensure that they do not pose a threat to Pakistani people and Pakistani security forces,” she said.
“There is a possibility that Pakistan is not sure about the promises, steps or remarks of the Islamic Emirate. Or it has not been ensured and therefore, it has been repeating such comments,” said Tahir Khan, a Pakistani journalist.
The deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Bilal Karimi, said that there is no threat from Afghan soil toward any country.
“Peace and security have been ensured all over the country. There is no such group to make threats from this country to other countries. There is no evidence in this regard and the Islamic Emirate does not allow Afghan territory to be used against other countries,” Karimi said.
“If Pakistan really wants to solve problems in this region, all of these problems that exist against Afghanistan and Pakistan should be addressed jointly,” said Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst.
Nearly one month ago, a senior delegation from Pakistan, led by the country’s Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, visited Kabul and met with several top Islamic Emirate officials.
The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that a delegation from Afghanistan will travel to Pakistan to discuss the economic and political issues with the country’s officials.
“Whenever their delegation comes to Afghanistan, this side also promises to send a delegation, comprised of officials, who will visit Pakistan to fully discuss political and trade issues. The time for their travel will be determined later,” he said.