According to Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Riaz Pirzada, there are misunderstandings between the two countries, and he does not see the Afghan interim administration as responsible for recent terrorist attacks across the country.
The minister’s comments starkly contradict recent government and military declarations that have regularly expressed concerns about extremists using Afghan territory for cross-border attacks, Dawn reported.
Recently, 12 soldiers were killed in two separate attacks: one on security personnel in Sui, Balochistan, and another on a military installation in Zhob Cantt, Balochistan. The Foreign Office was able to identify the Zhob attack’s perpetrators as being Afghan nationals.
Additionally, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, urged the Afghanistan administration to take “concrete measures” to prevent the exploitation of its territory by terrorists.
General Asim Munir, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), mentioned the subject a day earlier. He said that the “involvement of Afghan nationals” in terrorist attacks in Pakistan was “detrimental to regional peace [and] stability” and a violation of the Doha Peace Agreement.
Pakistan’s human rights minister recalled the Afghan government’s statement prohibiting attacks in Pakistan in an interview with Dawn News.
“A few things are taking place beyond [their knowledge], but as far as the Taliban … even today, their defence minister’s statement has come that they would not allow any person to commit any act against Pakistan and that this is not Jihad.”
Meanwhile, the Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada had warned the group members against carrying out attacks abroad and said it could not be called Jihad.