Afghanistan Foreign Ministry says no change in Pakistan attitude towards terrorists

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KABUL - Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday said the Afghan government sees no significant change in Pakistan’s policy towards insurgents, even after US President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, TOLO News has reported.

No change has occurred in Pakistan’s policy towards the insurgents and instead relations between Kabul and Islamabad have further deteriorated, MoFA deputy spokesman Sibghat Ahmadi said on Thursday. 

This comes ahead of US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ visit to Islamabad in December where he will hold discussions with Pakistani officials on the issue of insurgent safe havens and sanctuaries in the country.

In August Trump unveiled his new war strategy that encompasses Afghanistan and South Asia. In the new strategy, the US leader strongly criticized Pakistan for its controversial role in the campaign against terrorism and accused Islamabad of harboring militant groups that continue to wage war against Afghanistan. 

Although Trump adopted a harsh tone towards Pakistan in the new strategy, Kabul has stated that there has been no visible change in Pakistan’s anti-terror policy nor has it taken solid action against militants. 

“Unfortunately, no change has occurred and no results were achieved, our relations with Pakistan are getting worse each day and ties are deteriorating,” said Ahmadi.

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