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‘Rebels fleeing Pakistan have joined IS in Afghanistan’

‘Rebels fleeing Pakistan have joined IS in Afghanistan’

Jan 13, 2016 - 16:10

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Most of the insurgents fleeing Pakistaninfo-icon have joined the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a top diplomat from the neighbouring country said on Wednesday.

Ambassador Janan Mosazai said on Wednesday, addressing a seminar in Islamabad, said -- the Islamic State -- also known by its Arabic acronym of Daesh -- had emerged as a serious threat to regional security.

In recent months, military offensives in Pakistan's tribal regions of Mohmand and Orakzai have forced a large number of fighters to cross the Durand Lineinfo-icon into Afghanistan.

Mosazai estimated 60 to 70 percent of the militants fleeing Pakistan had swollen Daesh ranks in Afghanistan. He described terrorism a common challenge for Kabulinfo-icon and Islamabad.

The ambassador renewed the Afghan government's promise of allowing no one to use its territory against Pakistan. Kabul would always adhere to its policy of non-interference in neighbouring countries, he said.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was an important mega project that would also have a positive impact on the economy of Afghanistan, Mosazai concluded.



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