Pakistan to share evidence of Pakistani militants’ presence on Afghan soil with Kabul

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Thursday, 13 August 2015

Pakistani officials will share evidence with Afghan leaders about the presence and activities of Pakistani terrorists in Afghanistan who routinely claim responsibility for attacks in Pakistan, official sources said on Thursday.

Following a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have lashed out at Pakistan for not cooperating in anti-terrorism activities.

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani arrived in Islamabad on Thursday for talks on security issues, focusing on anti-terror cooperation. Acting Afghan Defence Minister Masoom Stanekzai and intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil are part of the high-level delegation, Afghan embassy sources said.

The Afghan delegation will hold formal talks with security and foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz and will also meet other officials.

Hundreds of Pakistani-Taliban terrorists have fled to Afghanistan as a result of military operations in tribal regions, including North Waziristan and Khyber agencies.

Pakistan is upset at the failure of Afghan authorities to stop fleeing militants from entering Afghanistan, especially after Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

The Afghan intelligence, NDS, last month confirmed the presence of top Islamic State leaders Hafiz Saeed Khan and Shahidullah Shahid, both Pakistani nationals, who were killed in eastern Nangarhar province in US drone strikes. Dozens of Pakistani militants were also killed along with their leaders in the US drone attacks, according to NDS statements.

Saeed and Shahidullah, who was previously associated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, were among the top Pakistani militant leaders who had been operating from Afghanistan.

US military took over Lateefullah Mehsood, aide to Hakimullah Mehsood, in October 2013 from Afghan intelligence agents who were being taken for a meeting in Kabul. Aimal Faizi, then spokesperson for former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, had described Lateefullah, as a “great asset” for the Afghan intelligence and had condemned the US action. The US handed over Lateefullah to Pakistan last year.

Also in February 2013, Afghan officials arrested Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, the TTP deputy chief in Nangarhar.

No break in Kabul’s accusations

Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani renewed his allegations against Pakistan during a meeting with Kabul-based diplomats.

Referring to the recent attacks in Kabul, Ghani told a group of Kabul-based diplomats that the attack in Kabul’s Shah Shahid area was “designed and planned by terrorist groups in Pakistan.”

“The president added that after Mullah Omar’s death was confirmed, terrorist groups held public gatherings in Pakistan and declared war against Afghanistan,” the Afghan Presidential Palace said.

Ghani emphasised that the Pakistani government should realise the sensitivity of the issue and take strong action against terrorist groups inside its territory.

Further, Ghani said that the government of Pakistan should have the same definition of terrorism in regard to Afghanistan as it has for its own, a statement posted on the palace website said. The president concluded that Afghan government has made its position clear to the Pakistani officials and now Pakistan’s decisions in the coming weeks will determine the status of the relations between the two countries.

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