Afghanistan Chief Executive hits out at Pakistan over terrorist safe heavens

Afghanistan Chief Executive hits out at Pakistan over terrorist safe heavens

KABUL: The Afghanistan chief executive of the government of national unity Abdullah Abdullah called the Taliban group a ‘terrorist group’ as Afghanistan marks the week of martyrs by paying tribute to the national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated six years ago.

In a statement released on the occasion of week of martyrs, Abdullah said the terrorist groups including Taliban, Haqqani network, and others still operate from their safe havens located on the side of the border and continue to their savagery against the Afghan people.

Abdullah further added that the Afghan forces are however busy in suppressing their attacks and conspiracies they hatch against the Afghan nation.

He also added that the BRIX summit members endorsed the efforts and fight of the Afghan security forces against the terrorist groups.

According to Abdullah, the members o the BRIX summit also called on Pakistan to assist the Afghan government and international community in eliminating the safe havens of the terrorist groups and their menace from the region.

The Afghan officials have long been insisting that the ongoing violence in the country has direct links with the freedom of movement and sanctuaries of the Taliban and Haqqani network in Pakistan.

The US President Donald Trump announced his administration’s strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia last month as he criticized Pakistan for remaining reckless regarding the terror safe havens, saying “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.  The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict.  And that could happen.”