February 07, 2018

Abdullah calls on Pakistan to stop supporting Afghan Taliban

By Khaama Press - Mon Oct 12 2015, 10:27 am

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah called on Pakistan to halt support to Taliban group in Afghanistan, raising questions regarding the sincerity of Islamabad to act against the militants waging war in the country.

Speaking during a meeting of the Council of Ministers, CEO Abdullah said the Taliban group still receives support from within Pakistan.

Abdullah pointed towards the recent military operation across the Durand Line which resulted into heavy casualties to Taliban militants, saying “This huge amount of insurgents killed in a single incident near Pakistan shows that Taliban still supported within Pakistan.”

At least 150 insurgents were killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces along the Durand Line in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan last week.

Reiterating Kabul’s stance for the betterment of ties between the two nations, CEO Abdullah insisted that support to insurgent groups must be stopped in a bid to build trust between the two neighboring countries.

In response to the latest statement by the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding Islamabad’s efforts to revive stalled peace talks, Abdullah said the Afghan government expects from Pakistan to stop supporting the Taliban group.

The Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for supporting the Afghan Taliban and other insurgent groups fighting in Afghanistan through their save havens in Pakistan, specifically the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network.

The Afghan government also issued a statement earlier last month, saying “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan believes that one of the major differences between Afghanistan and Pakistan is regarding the presence of terrorist groups, specifically the Haqqani Network in Pakistani soil.”

“The recent remarks by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, suggesting that the Haqqani Network has been decomposed following military operations, are repeated claims by Pakistani officials during the past one decade,” a statement by the Presidential Palace said.

The statement further added that documents and evidences shows that the network’s leadership, commander and control, supportive infrastructure and sanctuaries are still operational in Pakistan.

The government of Afghanistan has repeatedly handed over evidences regarding the Haqqani Network operations in Pakistan and has urged the Pakistani government to take action, the statement added.

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