Pakistan rejects allegation of its army’s ‘presence’ in Afghanistan

FO says terrorists from Afghan territory repeatedly attacking Pakistan Army

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Tuesday rejected allegations as baseless by Afghan officials regarding Pakistan Army troops in civilian clothes conducting attacks in Kunar province of Afghanistan, a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.

“We reject these baseless allegations. The fact is that the Pakistan armed forces have been attacked repeatedly by terrorists operating from the Afghan territory,” the official statement said. “Our armed forces have acted only in self defence with maximum restraint and responsibility,” it said.

The spokesperson also said that Pakistan expects that the Afghan government to refrain from taking any action that may be detrimental to peace and stability on the border. “Pakistan is engaged in a major effort to address the scourge of terrorism. We believe the unfounded allegations from the Afghan side not only vitiate the environment but also serve to undermine the efforts for constructive engagement between the two countries.”

The Foreign Office said that Pakistan would neither be deterred from addressing the challenges at hand, nor from building a friendly and cooperative relationship with the people of Afghanistan.

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