Friday, 17 November 2017

Pakistan rejects NATO secretary general remarks

Pakistan Foreign Ministry

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday rejected NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s recent remarks that Taliban still have bases in Pakistan, which he had described as a “big challenge” to efforts aimed at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Muhammad Faisal dismissed the charges at his weekly briefing.

“We completely reject baseless allegations of bases in Pakistan. There are no organized bases of any terrorist organizations anywhere in the country. Such fallacious assertions are counter-productive and detrimental,” the spokesman said when asked about his comments on NATO secretary general’s accusations against Pakistan of harbouring terrorists and terrorist safe havens in its territory.

The spokesperson said there are multiple elements active in Afghanistan and the nexus between India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and other terrorist groups in that country is involved in subversive activities against Pakistan.

He said Pakistan is fully aware of the sinister hands behind these acts and that the statement of NATO secretary general will not let terrorists to succeed in their nefarious designs.

Dr Muhammad Faisal continued Pakistan has forcefully taken up the martyrdom of its consulate staff member Nayyer Iqbal Rana with Afghanistan and the Afghan side has assured Pakistan of thorough investigation into the shocking incident.

To a question regarding anti Pakistan posters in London and earlier in Geneva, he said the posters were removed and the countries assured us that these acts will not be repeated.

Earlier, NATO secretary general said asked Pakistan to cooperate with NATO in its efforts to overcome and mitigate the insurgency penetrating in Afghanistan. Taliban bases in Pakistan pose a “big challenge” to efforts aimed at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, he added.

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