Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Rana Sanaullah said that Islamabad is not willing to attack Afghanistan but will attack any country that risks the interests of Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference, Sanaullah said that based on the decision of the Pakistan National Security Council, negotiations will be conducted with the caretaker government in Afghanistan.
“I didn’t say that we want to attack Afghanistan or anyone there. But based on international law, if there is any threat of terrorists to a place, we can counter it anywhere,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate said that it is ready for negotiations but will not allow anyone to attack the country.
“Whatever is against diplomatic and international rules, we are ready to defend our country and announce it to the whole world that Afghans are pretty good regarding defending their country but war is not benefiting anyone," said Enayatullah Khwarazmi, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry.
Analysts said that “irresponsible remarks” by Pakistan will affect relations between Kabul and Islamabad.
“If Pakistan wants to have good relations with Afghanistan, it needs to change its policies,” said Najibullah Jami, a political analyst.
“Pakistan understood that these attacks can cause irreparable consequences and heavy damages and thus, it retreated. This benefits the two sides,” said Asadullah Nadim, a political analyst.
Earlier, the remarks of Sanaullah faced serious reactions from the Islamic Emirate and Afghan politicians.
Sanaullah said that Pakistan is allowed to attack the Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’s hideouts in Afghanistan based on international law.
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