Despite a deal with the Taliban leadership, Afghan soil is being used to damage Pakistan, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif claimed on a news programme on Monday.
Following the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting in Islamabad was over, Khawaja made an appearance on the programme.
The minister claimed that Islamabad had received assurances from the Afghan government that their land wouldn’t be used against Pakistan.
According to him, “the Pakistani administration is in daily contact with Afghanistan regarding border transgressions.”
Asif mentioned that at a meeting of the parliamentary committee on national security, former army commander General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and former director general of Inter-Services Intelligence General (retd) Faiz Hameed gave a briefing to the National Assembly on the history of the negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)—a banned organization—and subsequent events.
However, he claimed that it had no beneficial effects.
He emphasised that 58% of all terrorist occurrences in Pakistan occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), with some of them also taking place in Balochistan. These instances, meantime, are scarce in Sindh and Punjab, he continued.
Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), frequently airs his complaints but appears to be utterly unaware of the political scheming of 2018.
Previously, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had warned that Pakistan was preparing to attack TTP hideouts in Afghanistan if Taliban authorities failed to take action against the terrorist group and hand over the TTP leaders and fighters residing there in a TV interview over the weekend.
The Taliban in Afghanistan, who mediated the unsuccessful peace negotiations between the Pakistani government and the TTP, now dispute the existence of the terrorist organisation there.
In a statement released on Monday, the Islamic Emirate’s defence ministry referred to Sanaullah’s remarks as “provocative and unfounded.”
Afghanistan was further declared to be “prepared to protect its territorial integrity and independence.”
Ahmad Yasir, a Taliban official based in Doha, made further derogatory remarks.