Pakistan asks Afghanistan to stop terrorists fleeing from tribal areas

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday asked Afghanistan to take necessary measures on its side of the border to stop the fleeing terrorists from the North Waziristan tribal agency for finding any sanctuary on the Afghan soil.

In her weekly briefing here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that the purpose of the visit of special envoy Mahmood Khan Achakzai to Kabul was also aimed at seeking Afghan cooperation in management of the border. She said the visit of Afghan National Security Adviser Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta also aims to take the discussion forward on the matter.

The spokesperson recalled that Pakistan had taken extraordinary measures including restriction of movement and deployment of additional troops on the border when presidential elections took place in Afghanistan. She said that the operation has been launched in North Waziristan to eliminate terrorism and it was in Afghanistan's own interest to cooperate with Pakistan.

Tasnim expressed confidence that Afghan authorities would respond positively to Pakistan's call for enhanced security at the border. To a question whether any foreign country has offered assistance for the internally displaced families of the North Waziristan, she said that Pakistan has not asked for any foreign assistance. However, the United Arab Emirates has offered some assistance for the displaced families, she said.

The spokesperson said that the people of North Waziristan were “our brothers and sisters” and as a nation it was responsibility to all to come out and extend all out support for the displaced families who have to leave their homes for the peace and security of the entire Pakistan.

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