Afghans doubt Pakistan’s sincerity to fight militancy


There are no clear signs that Pakistan is honestly trying to combat insurgency on its soil because it is not changing a failing strategy, Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Tuesday. Speaking to the media, Sediqqi said Pakistan’s tactics in fighting the insurgency in its country showed no sign of success and so needed to be revised, however, it had not done so. “Pakistan is still holding onto its previous strategy in fighting insurgency which needs a definite change,” Sediqqi said. “There are no clear signs of honesty in Pakistan’s fight against insurgency. We have not witnessed any great effort from Pakistan,” he added. He made the statements after Interior Minister Rehman Malik said recently that fighting against the country’s militants should be in close collaboration with the citizens and in keeping with their demands.
“We should act based on their demands, we should consider the demands of local residents in fight against insurgency. The military cannot be a solution to every problem,” Malik said, calling for an immediate termination of the US drone strikes in the Tribal Areas. The international community and the Afghan government has frequently urged Pakistani authorities to do more to control insurgents within its border, particularly the Haqqani Network, al Qaeda and the Taliban.