General Asim Munir, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), said on Monday that the “involvement of Afghan nationals” in terrorism incidents in Pakistan was “detrimental to regional peace and stability.”
Munir said Pakistan’s insecurity did not benefit the region and emphasized that he would stop at nothing to eliminate terrorists and protect citizens.
“The involvement of Afghan nationals in terrorist incidents in Pakistan is detrimental to regional peace, stability and deviation from the Doha Peace Agreement by the interim Afghan government,” According to Munir, cited in an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, reported by Dawn.
Days after the Foreign Office confirmed that Afghan militants were responsible for the attack on the Zhob cantonment last month, the army chief commented.
The agreement to bring an end to the 2001–2021 war in Afghanistan was signed in Qatar in February 2020 by the US and the Taliban administration.
Expressing concerns over the “sanctuaries available to banned outfits and [the] liberty of action they enjoy on Afghan soil”, Munir said: “Pakistan will spare no effort to dismantle terrorist networks and protect its citizens at all costs.”
The ISPR statement further quoted the COAS: “With the unflinching resolve of the nation, Pakistan is successfully countering terrorism to enable a stable and peaceful environment for socioeconomic development in the area”.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its ideology will “never be acceptable to any tribe,” it was said, and they “will continue to stand with the state during the thick and thin.” Tribal elders assured the armed forces.
Pakistani officials repeatedly expressed concerns over the militants, particularly TTP sanctuaries inside Afghanistan. At the same time, the Taliban rejected all allegations and reiterated that they would not allow any individual or organization to use Afghanistan’s soil against Pakistan.