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Daesh has safe havens, funding sources in Pakistan: Atmar

Daesh has safe havens, funding sources in Pakistan: Atmar

Jun 30, 2016 - 12:19

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor (NSA) Hanif Atmar has alleged that Daesh -- or Islamic State (IS) -- fighters have safe havens and funding sources in Pakistaninfo-icon.

Atmar, who traveled to eastern Nangarharprovince on Wednesday after recent IS attacks in Kot district, told a press conference the rebel group receiving funds from the neighbouring country.

“Daesh militants have come from Pakistan, most of them have Pakistani documents. Some elements from Central Asia and Gulf countries have also joined the group,” the advisor said.

The countries backing Daesh would also one day become a target of the militant outfit, Atmar warned, saying President Ashraf Ghani had ordered decisive action against the IS fighters.

Afghan forces would press on with air and ground operations to eliminate the rebels, the official said, praising the security personnel’s performance during recent clashes in Kot.\

He also hinted at a new strategy to crush the militants, but did not provide more information. Foreign forces would increase airstrikes on insurgent hideouts, the advisor added..

“Afghan forces will target all areas where Daesh fighters sneak from across the Durand Lineinfo-icon. The group’s activities have also been seen in Nuristan and Kunar provinces,but we will eliminate it,” he said.

“We have outgunned the enemy and they are on the run; they have misconstrued our societyinfo-icon and culture,” the advisor commented.

In response to a question regarding the construction of new facilities at the Torkham border, he said: “The neighbor country has been trying for the past 40 yearsto occupy our territory.

“But we have told them the Afghans would never recognisethe Durand Line. We have not allowednew constructions at zero point. The recent clashes in Torkhamwere the result of inattention.”

Atmar also rejected reports about the failure of peace talks with the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA), led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar.He said negotiations with the group had reached a final stage.




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