The caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar, claimed that there are training camps for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Afghanistan.
In an exclusive interview with media outlet The News Maker Kakar said that Pakistan has raised its concerns regarding terrorist groups on Afghan soil with the current government of Afghanistan.
“We are not here to judge the intentions of that de facto government. Yes, we have a concern because the groups like TTP they do reside on Afghan soil. We do raise such issues with them. There are training camps on their soil which is a point of concern for us,” Kakar added.
The caretaker prime minister of Pakistan further stated that despite some challenges in the relationship, it wants to engage with Afghans.
“I’m hopeful that we will engage with the Afghans despite some challenging times in our relationship, because it is in the common interest of both nations that such groups are eliminated from this region,” Kakar noted.
Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Islamic Emirate spokesman, said that Afghan soil is not a threat to any country, and it wants to have good relations with all nations, including Pakistan.
“Afghanistan does not want to interfere in the internal affairs of any nation, it does not want its soil to be used against other countries, and we have good relations not only with Pakistan, but with all countries,” Mujahid added.
"Such statements by Pakistani officials harm the relations of both countries, and if they make such statements, they should provide documentation and proof that the TTP is in Afghanistan,” Javid Momand, a political analyst, said.
Last week, Asif Durrani, Pakistan's Special Representative of Afghanistan, led a delegation to Kabul to talk with officials of the Islamic Emirate officials regarding the challenges the two countries face.