COAS says Pakistan not supporting Afghan militancy


–Afghanistan had alleged Pakistan hospitals were treating Taliban injured in recent fight with Afghan forces in Ghazni

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday reiterated that there was no support to any terrorist activity inside Afghanistan from Pakistan, adding that claims regarding the return of injured and dead terrorists from Ghazni to Pakistan were incorrect, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Expressing concerns over the recent wave of violence in Afghanistan and loss of innocent lives, the army chief said there were scores of Pakistanis working in Afghanistan in connection with various businesses/ labour who periodically fell victim to terrorism acts alongside their Afghan brothers inside Afghanistan.

“Terming such victims as terrorists is unfortunate,” said the statement, while further adding that different factions of TTP, hiding in many sanctuaries inside Afghanistan, under Afghan identities on becoming injured/ dead, were transported into Pakistan for medical help.

Additionally, Afghan refugees and their relatives also resort to similar practices.

“COAS stands by his commitment to Afghan president for ensuring all measures which could facilitate peace in Afghanistan,” said the statement, adding, however, COAS re-emphasised that Afghanistan needed to look inward as the problem resided there.

“The solution thus remains on making substantive progress on Afghan reconciliation efforts as well as on the speedy implementation of Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS).”

The statement further said that Pakistan continued to support all initiatives aimed at bringing peace in Afghanistan as there could not be enduring peace in Pakistan and stability in the region if peace didn’t prevail in Afghanistan.