The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFa) has delivered a list of at least 32 terrorist training camps in Pakistan to that country’s government an asked that “solid action” be taken against them.
The list was delivered by Afghanistan’s ambassador in Pakistan on Monday as tensions between the two nations mounted in the aftermath of last Thursday’s deadly blast in a Sufi shrine In Pakistan’s Sindh province. The blast left 75 people dead and hundreds wounded.
In a press release on Monday, the MoFA said the list contained 32 training camps which are used as springboards against Afghanistan from within Pakistani territory.
“The letter also added a list of at least 85 Taliban operatives and their leaders in Pakistan. It included other terrorist groups such as the Haqqani terrorist network which have conducted major crimes against the people of Afghanistan to Pakistan. This was with the intention that Pakistan launches a crackdown against the insurgent groups and hand over the terrorists to the government of Afghanistan,” the press release added.
The MoFA statement says that Pakistan has responded positively to the letter. However, Kabul expects of Pakistan to take firm action against the terrorist groups.
“The government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expects to jointly work with the Pakistani government on the issue of the list and the concerns the two sides have over their problems so as to to deal with matters in a responsible and constructive manner,” said the press release.
In addition, Afghanistan has warned it would take the matter to wider international platforms if the violence against the people of Afghanistan was not stopped.
“The government of Afghanistan stresses that if the violence against the people of Afghanistan is not stopped, the government of Afghanistan will continue its efforts and for more sanctions against terror groups and their financiers through international mechanisms, and from the UN platform in particular,” the press release concluded.
The delivery of the terror list to Pakistan takes place as relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan deteriorated over the past few weeks following a deadly suicide bombing at the Sufi Shrine and the subsequent missile attacks from Pakistan on the eastern provinces of Afghanistan.
Following the attacks, Pakistan introduced fresh restrictions along the border with Afghanistan, a move which has brought normal traffic and business communications between the two countries in standstill.
The Pakistani government has argued that the fresh border restrictions were aimed at curbing the infiltration of terrorists from Afghanistan territory to Pakistan.
Pakistan: Enhanced border security serves both countries
The Pakistani military says the enhanced security arrangements alongside Afghanistan-Pakistan border is aimed at fighting the terrorists who are enemies to both countries.
“Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa chaired a high-level security meeting at GHQ. He said that enhanced security arrangements along Pak-Afg Border are to fight common enemy i.e. terrorists of all hues and color. Pakistan and Afghanistan have fought against terrorism and shall continue this effort together,” said Pakistani army spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.
“COAS has ordered more effective border coordination and cooperation with Afghan Security Forces to prevent cross-border movement of terrorists including all types of illegal movement. COAS also welcomed recent proposals from Afghan authorities to take forward the mutual coordination for result-oriented efforts against terrorism,” added Ghafoor.