Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch speaks during her weekly press briefing in Islamabad on February 2, 2023. — Facebook/MOFA

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Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch speaks during her weekly press briefing in Islamabad on February 2, 2023. — Facebook/MOFA
  • “We do not believe in accusations or finger-pointing,” Foreign Office says.
  • FO wants Afghan Taliban to take concrete actions and fulfill promises.
  • Pakistan also demands Afghanistan take strong stance against terrorists.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Thursday stressed that Afghanistan must live up to the commitments it has made with the international community and Islamabad, including ensuring that Kabul’s soil isn’t used for terrorism.

The response came after Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi asked Pakistan to not blame the neighbouring country for the recent bombing in Peshawar, which claimed at least 100 lives and left more than 200 injured.

The bomber struck as hundreds of worshippers gathered for noon prayers in a mosque that was purpose-built for the police and their families living in a highly fortified zone. No group has taken responsibility for the attack, but authorities suspect the involvement of a breakaway faction of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

“It is time the commitments made to the world and Pakistan are fulfilled with sincerity and in good faith with concrete actions,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said during her weekly press briefing.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan expects sincere cooperation from the interim government in Afghanistan to address the challenge of terrorism and hopes that Kabul would live up to the commitments.

“We take the loss of innocent lives very seriously and would expect our neighbours to do the same,” the spokesperson stressed, as the country battles a rise in terrorism.

Terror attacks have increased especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the banned TTP — which has safe havens in Afghanistan — ended a ceasefire with Islamabad in November last year and began its operations, targeting security forces mostly.

In this regard, the spokesperson said that terrorism is a common threat to both Pakistan and Afghanistan. “We must take a strong stance against entities that use violence against innocent citizens and law enforcement agencies.”

The spokesperson said that Pakistan remains firm in its resolve to root out the evil of terrorism and safeguard the security of every citizen.

“We do not believe in accusations or finger-pointing; however, we would reiterate our expectation that no country would allow its territory to be used for perpetrating terrorism against Pakistan.”

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