Pakistan anticipates sincere Afghan collaboration to combat terrorism

Kabul should honor promises to international community in this respect, Foreign Office spokesperson

The Foreign Office (FO) stated on Thursday that Pakistan anticipated sincere collaboration to combat the challenge of terrorism from the interim Afghan administration.

The comments came a day after Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting foreign minister of Afghanistan, declared that Pakistan shouldn’t hold Kabul responsible for the suicide blast in Peshawar.

The incident was first blamed on the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). It eventually distanced itself from it.

The Afghan FM reportedly stated, “There is no terrorist base in Afghanistan and the country’s land would not be utilized against other nations” TOLO News reported.

“We request that the ministers of Pakistan refrain from dumping snow from their own rooftops on the roofs of others. They ought to think on the issues in their own nation. We encourage them to thoroughly investigate the Peshawar blast,” Muttaqi continued.

Commenting on the matter during a weekly press briefing, FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said Pakistan had seen the statement by Muttaqi.

“Pakistan believes Kabul would honor its promises to the international community in this respect and expects honest cooperation from the interim Afghan government in combating the threat of terrorism,” she added.

She remarked, “We take the loss of innocent life seriously and would expect our neighbors to do the same,” adding, “Terrorism poses a menace to Afghanistan and Pakistan alike. Entities that utilize violence against innocent people and law enforcement officers must be strongly condemned.”

FO spokesperson said that it was time for Pakistan and the rest of the globe to see real and sincere action on the promises made to them.