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Terrorist Hideouts Not Targeted by Pakistan in Afghan borders: MoD

(Last Updated On: July 20, 2017)

Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MoD) says the terrorists safe havens have not been targeted by Pakistan in bordering areas with Afghanistan.

Pakistan Army claimed on Friday night targeted militant hideouts close to the Pak-Afghan border.

Deputy spokesman of MoD, Muhammad Radmanish in interview with Ariananews said, “Pakistan has not targeted the terrorists hideouts that Afghanistan has given their names to them.”

Identifying Pakistan as one of the “terrorist safe havens”, the US administration also said that Islamabad did not take sufficient action against “externally focused groups” like Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad in 2016, which “continued to operate, train, organise and fundraise in Pakistan”.

Afghanistan opposes the border fencing plans because it disputes the demarcation of the border, which was set by the former British rulers of the Indian subcontinent.

Afghan leaders also accuse Pakistan’s military and its ISI spy agency of helping Taliban insurgents and their dreaded Haqqani network ally sustain the insurgency in Afghanistan.

The allegations have long strained bilateral relations and Islamabad’s border fencing project has fueled tensions.

Islamabad dismisses traditional Afghan objections to the international frontier between the two countries.

Pakistani Officials also deny Pakistan is supporting Afghan insurgents, saying the charges are an attempt by the Kabul government to divert attention from their internal political and security challenges.

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