Pakistan must change approach towards terror groups

Sep 07, 2017, 01:55
Pakistan must change approach towards terror groups

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani and reached the agreement to cooperate with each other. "It is better that the Pakistani side eliminate the real safe havens of terrorists instead of putting the blame on us", said Shakib Mustaghni, spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Islamabad alleges that India is partnering with the Afghan intelligence agency to support anti-state militants sheltering in Afghanistan to plan attacks against Pakistan, charges Kabul and New Delhi reject.

The two foreign ministers agreed to remain engaged for building closer cooperation between the two countries.

The two foreign ministers also agreed to meet on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly in NY later this month.

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President Donald Trump unveiled the U.S. strategy on August 21 that focuses on winning the Afghan war through troops surge.

The minister indicated that Pakistan could no longer afford to "test" friends such as China.

BRICS did not eplicitly identify Pakistan by name, but Islamabad's links to certain jihadi groups are no secret to the global community, particularly India, China, and the United Nations. The government also made a decision to prepare a comprehensive response to the Trump's strategy, including the foreign minister's visit to friendly countries to seek their support. The three-day envoys meeting will conclude on Thursday (today).

In a declaration, the Brics (Brazil-Russia-India-China- South Africa) nations also called upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism, including countering radicalisation and blocking terror financing sources.

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The spokesperson said the deep and practical cooperation centered on the CPEC, and promoted coordination and communication on worldwide and regional affairs. According to an India Todayreport, Asif said, "we should impose some restrictions on the activities of the elements like LeT and JeM, so that we can show the global community that we have put our house in order".

He said Pakistani security forces already have taken action against all terrorist groups and are in the process of eliminating their "remnants" in the country.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday in Islamabad, Defense Minister Khan again rejected that there are any terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan. It was a major issue among a number of countries and it was an important step to even name some of the Pakistan terrorist military organisation.

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