Pakistan warnings to Taliban bold step: Afghanistan
Afghan Taliban last month announced spring offensive codenamed Azam to target Afghan security forces and government institutions.
After a visible thaw in bilateral relations between Kabul and Islamabad, Pakistan came down hard on Taliban by warning the militants’ group to immediately call off their spring offensive in Afghanistan or face dire consequences.
Pakistan’s Tribune.com reported the message was recently conveyed to Taliban leadership through ‘intermediaries’, said a senior government official, who has the knowledge of this crucial move by Islamabad.
“The Afghan authorities have also been in the loop,” said the official, who wished not to be named given the sensitivity of the matter.
Shikab Mustaghni, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomed Pakistan’s warnings to Taliban to shun violence. He said Pakistani leader in his recent visit assured that Islamabad would take steps for peace in Afghanistan.
A couple of weeks earlier, Pakistan’s prime minister in his visit to Afghanistan termed the Taliban attacks as an act of terrorism.
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