• publish: 11 September 2015
  • time: 9:50 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 1165

Islamabad, Kabul ready to jointly work on ISIL threat, Pakistan officials say

The Pakistani Foreign Office on Thursday said Pakistan was cooperating with Afghanistan to counter terrorism, including the Daesh threat.

“We think terrorism is our common enemy and a cooperative approach is required to deal with this menace. Pakistan is against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said spokesman of Pakistan foreign ministry Syed Qazi Khalilullah.

At the same time, the spokesman reiterated that there was no footprint of Daesh in Pakistan.

“However, we are cognizant of the threat it poses and have alerted our security agencies accordingly. As far as Pakistan is concerned, there are no good or bad terrorists.”

The spokesman said the Afghan ambassador had with his public comments on Wednesday pointed to the complexities of bilateral relations and the way forward to the revival of peace negotiations when he claimed that the Afghan Taliban had joined Daesh and was a new and emerging threat for both Afghanistan and Pakistan, which needed a collective effort to combat. “If Pakistan is to believe that the Taliban have joined Daesh, then how can it encourage them and the Ashraf Ghani government to sit across the table?”

To a query in this regard, the spokesman responded: “It is not for me to comment on what is happening in Afghanistan. The ambassador of Afghanistan is the right person to comment on that.”

“The purpose of the MoU signed between the ISI and NDS was to have better coordination between the two security agencies for dealing with security threats faced by the two countries. However, it is for the Afghan government to decide whether it wants to proceed under the MoU or not,” he responded to another query.


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