Pakistan’s stern warning to Afghanistan government
Pakistan fired off a sharp warning Sunday to Afghanistan’s hardline religious rulers to stop sheltering homegrown Pakistani Taliban militants who have staged increasingly deadly attacks against the country’s military.
The warning followed Afghan reports that Pakistani aircraft late Friday carried out bombing raids in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost and Kunar provinces, killing civilians.
Pakistan has so far refused to comment on the Afghan allegations, instead accusing the Afghan Taliban of doing nothing to stop attacks against Pakistan by militants in Afghanistan.
“Terrorists are using Afghan soil with impunity to carry out activities inside Pakistan,” said a Foreign Ministry statement, which was unusually harsh in its language. DIPLOMAT BRIEFWEEKLY NEWSLETTERN
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Pakistan was often accused of harboring Afghanistan’s Taliban fighters before they swept to power last August as America ended its 20-year war. Since their takeover, Islamabad has led the way in pressing the world to engage with the religiously driven Afghan government.