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No terrorist sanctuary in Pakistan, says Abbasi

No terrorist sanctuary in Pakistan, says Abbasi

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21 Sep 2017 - 12:30
No terrorist sanctuary in Pakistan, says Abbasi
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21 Sep 2017 - 12:30

NEW YORK (Pajhwok): Dismissing allegations of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan.

“Let me say that nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan. This perception that there are sanctuaries is absolutely not correct,” Abbasi told the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.

Pakistan had defeated the enemy and destroyed insurgent sanctuaries on its soil, he asserted, insisting cross-border incursions, if they happened, were from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

He spurned President Ashraf Ghani’s notion that there were still sanctuaries in Pakistan and that the Taliban moved fairly freely over the border, that they still had a good deal of leadership living in Pakistan.

“We’re already clear on the situation. Today the only cross-border penetration is from Afghanistan into Pakistan to attack our troops. We have had six suicide attempts in the recent past.

“Five were Afghan nationals who crossed over into Pakistan and attacked our people, including the deputy chair of the Senate who survived. Twenty-two people were killed in that attack,” he explained.

Pakistan had asked the Afghans if they could give it coordinates if there was any sanctuary, the premier said, promising action against such safe haven based on information from Kabul.

However, Abbasi insisted today no sanctuaries existed on Pakistani soil, from which any activity took place against Afghanistan.

“Would you say a few words about the Haqqani Network?” he was asked.

He replied: “The Haqqani Network — we’ve heard a lot about the Haqqani Network. But the fact remains that there are no bases from any of these networks to operate. So whether the network is there or not is — can be discussed and debated.”

Abbasi is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Thursday and Ghani on Friday.

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