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India’s controversial role in Afghanistan can endanger regional stability: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Friday once again made it clear that any expanded Indian role in Afghanistan will not be in the interest of the region.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria reminded the world powers that India was engaged in using the terrorist outfits against Pakistan.

“We have provided credible evidence in this regard,” he said at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad.

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He said Pakistan had always emphasized for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process for the resolution of the conflict.

Describing Thursday’s meeting with the US delegation constructive and fruitful, the spokesperson said both the sides had agreed to remain engaged to address the common challenges.

He pointed out that terrorists were a common enemy and all the countries needed to work together to tackle that menace.

This should be noted that Pakistan Army on Thursday rescued five abducted foreign nationals in an intelligence-based operation (IBO), the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

According to Pakistan Army’s media wing, the hostages included a Canadian, his American wife, and their three children.  They were kidnapped by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there.

The operation was conducted by the Pakistani troops after receiving intelligence from the US authorities, who had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on October 11 through the Kurram Agency border.

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Highlighting the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, Nafees Zakaria said that expeditious resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people was imperative.

The spokesperson said that silence of international community on Kashmir was a matter of serious concerns.



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