The United States pressed Pakistan to follow up on Islamabad’s expressed commitment not to discriminate between terror groups amid reports that the deadly Kabul attack was plotted and carried out by the notorious Haqqani terrorist network.
Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of Press Office for the State Department, said “We have consistently expressed our concerns at the highest level of the Government of Pakistan about their continued tolerance for Afghan Taliban groups such as the Haqqani Network operating from Pakistani soil.”
She was speaking during daily press briefing in Washington DC and responded to a question regarding the Kabul attack as reports suggest the deadly attack was plotted by the Pakistan-based Haqqani terrorist network.
“And we did again – after this week’s attack, we have pressed the Government of Pakistan to follow up on its expressed commitment not to discriminate between terror groups regardless of their agenda or their affiliation by undertaking concrete action against the Haqqanis,” Trudeau added.
At least 64 people were killed and 347 others were wounded in the attack on a unit of the Afghan intelligence in capital Kabul on Tuesday.
The Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the attack which followed days after the group announced its spring offensive, vowing to carry out more such attacks across the country.
The attack was initially launched by detonating a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) near the Directorate of Security for Prominent Figures, triggering gun battle between the remaining militants and Afghan security forces.