Following remarks by Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa about probable actions against terrorists on the Afghan soil, the Chief Executive office on Saturday said no country and no power will be allowed to intervene militarily in Afghanistan.
“In defending Afghanstan, we will allow no-one to enter Afghan territory. No stranger or Pakistani will be allowed to intervene on Afghan soil,” the Chief of Staff of the Afghan National Army, Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim said.
Referring to the recent cross-border rocket shelling [from Pakistan] he added: “We have the ability to respond to the attacks after diplomatic discussions are conducted.”
“Afghanistan will not allow any country to conduct any kind of military intervention on its soil. The Afghan forces have the ability to fight terrorists,” the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s deputy spokesman Jawed Faisal said.
The Pakistani army chief earlier told Gen. John Nicholson, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan that “terrorist activities and inaction against them are testing our (Pakistan’s) current policy of cross-border restraint.”
He has also said that “most of the [terrorist] incidents in Pakistan are claimed by terrorist organizations with leaders hiding in Afghanistan.
In his response, Faramarz Tamanna, head of Strategic Studies Center of the Afghan Foreign Affairs Ministry, said Islamabad should act by destroying terrorists safe havens in Pakistan itself.
“The force that Pakistan wants to use for fighting terrorists on the Afghan soil, must be used on Pakistani soil because terrorist groups are managed from Pakistan’s soil,” Tamanna said.
“Pakistan wants to change the mindset of the international community about the fact that Pakistan is the supporter of terrorism,” said Hamid Saboori, a political commentator.