Afghan General assures Pakistan of action against terrorists on Afghan soil

Afghan General assures Pakistan of action against terrorists on Afghan soil

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-Afghanistan border tensions have reached all times high as Pakistan has completely closed the Af-Pak border due terrorist incursion.

In reaponse to border closure Afghanistan military has summoned Pakistan Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain in Kabul to discuss the ongoing Pak-Afghan tension, the foreign ministry said yesterday.

A statement released by the foreign ministry here yesterday said that Hussain was “invited through Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a meeting with General Murad Ali Murad, Deputy Chief of Staff, at Ministry of Defence on 27 February 2017. Defence Attaché Brig Farooq Zaman also accompanied the ambassador.”

During the meeting, it said: “General Murad requested for de-escalation at the border and reopening of the crossing points between the two countries.”

Highlighting the sufferings of people due to closure of the border and cross-border shelling from Pakistan, he sought reduction in tensions. He also promised to take action against terrorists on the basis of shared information, the statement said.

Ambassador Hussain, in his response, briefed on the circumstances behind the actions taken by Pakistan, it added.

He said Afghan nationals were involved in recent attacks in Pakistan and stressed that Afghanistan should take appropriate measures for denying use of its soil by terrorists against Pakistan.

He informed that the border was closed to prevent crossing by terrorists. He stressed the need for efforts by both the countries to strengthen border management. The ambassador, however, promised to transmit the Afghan requests to Islamabad.