Kabul’s inaction against terrorists testing policy of cross-border restraint: COAS

Published: February 17, 2017
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A file photo of army chief General Qamar Bajwa and General John Nicholson. PHOTO: FILE

A file photo of army chief General Qamar Bajwa and General John Nicholson. PHOTO: FILE

Terrorists from Afghanistan are carrying out attacks in Pakistan with impunity, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa told the top US commander in the neighbouring country on Friday.

“Most of the [terrorist] incidents in Pakistan are claimed by terrorist organisations with leadership hiding in Afghanistan,” the military’s top spokesman quoted Gen Qamar as telling Gen John Nicholson, the commander of the Resolute Support Mission, in a telephone conversation.

Expressing concerns over the continued acts of terrorism in Pakistan with impunity from Afghanistan, the army chief told the US general that “such terrorist activities and inaction against them are testing our current policy of cross-border restraint,” Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said,

Gen Qamar asked Gen Nicholson to “play his role in disconnecting this planning, direction, coordination and financial support,” the ISPR DG added.

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According to Maj Gen Ghafoor, the army chief also informed the US commander about the list of terrorists hiding in Afghanistan which Islamabad has handed to Afghan authorities for action. Gen Nicholson, in turn, assured Gen Qamar that the Resolute Support Mission will “play its role to stop use of Afghan soil for terrorist attacks in Pakistan,” the military spokesman tweeted.

Nicholson shared his plans to undertake special coordination at appropriate level between the Resolute Support Mission, Afghanistan’s security forces and Pakistan. He also expressed his condolences at the loss of precious lives in recent terrorist incidents in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • sterry
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:52PM

    People need to press the US to help Pakistan build a wall to keep out the Afghan refugees and criminals who are sent from Afghanistan to Pakistan by their Indian masters. If Trump can build a big wall to keep out Mexicans, the US should help Pakistan deport Afghan refugees who are shown to be doing these crimes to support India. A good barrier between Afghanistan and Pakistan and returning the refugees to Kabul will help ensure safety for common people.Recommend

  • SHJ
    Feb 18, 2017 - 5:47AM

    Pakistan needs to do some soul sear before accusing others of not acting against terrorists. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Feb 18, 2017 - 7:26AM

    Afghan government is a puppet used by US and it’s new found proxy in India. This is appropriate warning shot. If they don’t deliver what we demand, we should first keep border with Afghan closed and second take the enemies out even in Afghanistan under hot pursuit. Once these snakes realize Afghan areas are no more “safe haven”, they will find it difficult to do terror activity in Pakistan. Third, Afghan refugees have outlived their welcome and after 3 decades we must now drop them off at Afghan border with respect and weekly rations.Recommend

  • salim jan
    Feb 18, 2017 - 8:32AM

    the building of wall is impossible suggestion but fencing in some places of this porous border can be carried out with mutual understanding between Pakistan and Afghanistan.Building the bridges of understanding is the key to durable peace in this volatile region.Recommend

  • Omaga
    Feb 18, 2017 - 8:58AM

    I don’t understand why Pakistan has no military bases in Afghanistan? When Iran and Turkey go inside Syria and Iraq, Saudia Arabia go inside Yeman, US goes inside any country. Whats wrong with Pakistan? Pakistan has been fighting Afghans war for decades, providing shelter to millions of Afghans, provide land route for their international trade. Providing open boarder all Afghans. Why Pakistan has not permanent military bases in Afghanistan? Pakistan, Russia and China come together and establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan to end terrorism effecting all the neighboring countries. Recommend

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