Combined efforts needed to combat common enemy: Pakistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a guarded reaction following Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani remarks that war continues to be declared against Afghans from Pakistani soil, Islamabad has said terrorism is “our common enemy and requires cooperative approach to combat this menace.”
A statement from the Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Islamabad and Kabul are brotherly and neighbouring countries and enjoy close and cooperative relations.
Earlier on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani told a crowded press conference in the wake of series of suicide bombings in Kabul that the recent wave of violence showed suicide training camps, facilities used for making explosive devices and sending them to Afghanistan to kill innocent people were still functional in Pakistan.
But Pakistan said that Islamabad was committed to maintaining good neighbourly relations with Afghanistan and all other regional countries.
Ghani told journalists that “we hoped for peace, but war continues to be declared against us from Pakistani territory. In fact, it clearly shows vivid hostilities toward a neighboring nation. "Now it is proven to the region we have been right, but in Pakistan still there are gatherings of slaves and captives who send the message of war to us."
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that having been the biggest victim of terrorism itself with human losses exceeding 60,000, the people and the government of Pakistan can feel the pain and anguish of the brotherly people and the government of Afghanistan over the recent wave of terrorist attacks, which have resulted in the loss of many valuable lives and injuries to scores of people.
“Pakistan condemns these deadly attacks in Afghanistan in the strongest terms. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Afghan brethren in their hour of grief,” it added.
The statement said that as underscored by the Prime Minister of Pakistan during his visit to Kabul on 12 May 2015, Pakistan considers enemies of Afghanistan as its own enemies and has been extending its fullest cooperation to Afghanistan in combating terrorism.
“Pakistan remains committed to supporting and facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan,” the statement concluded.
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