Afghan government seeks explanation for cross-border shelling
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 19, 2017,
Feb 19, 2017, 8:04
Pakistan Army has launched "intelligence-based operations" combing operations across the country and claimed it has killed "100 terrorists" since the attack on the shrine.
2 FC soldiers injured.
Media reports say Pakistani troops have targeted camps belonging to Jamaat-ul Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, near the Afghan border.
The minister noted that Pakistan has been hosting Afghan refugees for the last 30 years and has looked after them despite its own problems.
In the letter MoFA calls on Pakistan to review its approach toward Afghanistan, saying that having good relationships will be in the interests of both countries.
Afghanistan was asked to either take "immediate action" against the terrorists or hand them over to Pakistan. Across Pakistan, at least 39 suspected militants were killed.
As the death toll of Thursday's terrorist attack was said to be 88 with another 343 wounded, the Sufi shrine attack wasn't the only terrorist attack on Pakistani soil this week. Immediately after the bombing, Pakistan claimed the attack was planned in militant sanctuaries in Afghanistan, in remarks that can renew hostility between Kabul and Islamabad.
Earlier, Pakistan closed a border crossing at Torkham, which connects Pakistan to Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.
Masked Pakistani Taliban militants during exercises in Pakistan-Afghanistan border area December 2011. Bajwa said the Afghan government was not taking action against the hideouts and warned that its "inaction" was testing "our current policy of cross-border restraint", without further elaborating.
The General also shared his plans to undertake special coordination at appropriate level between RSM, Afghan Security Forces and Pakistan.
In an unusual move, Pakistan Army today handed over a list of 76 "most wanted" terrorists to Afghan embassy officials and demanded "immediate action" against them, amidst a spurt in terror attacks in the country.
"Almost all terrorist groups have originated from Pakistan", said Rahmatullah Nabi, the ex-head of the national directorate of security.
One reason for its ability is the alliances it forms with local militant groups and maintain its strength.
A suicide bomber walked into the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan, in southern Sindh province, and detonated his explosives among a crowd of worshippers on Thursday, killing 75.
Security officials said Friday's raids led to the arrest of 47 suspects, including some in Sindh province.