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Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations of being behind Kabul attack

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has strongly rejected as baseless the Afghan allegations that Pakistan is behind the recent terrorist attack in Kabul.

“The accusatory approach is unhelpful towards efforts to peace,” said Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria at his weekly news briefing on Thursday.

He said Pakistan itself has suffered immensely from terrorism and it has given unparalleled sacrifices in the war on the menace. He said Pakistan has the highest stakes in Afghan peace and stability more than any other country of the world.

“Our commitment to peace in Afghanistan is based on sincerity and is beyond any doubt,” he said, “however, it is disappointing that certain elements which have no interest in Afghan peace want to damage relations between the two neighboring countries.”

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Nafees Zakaria said those elements were trying to malign Pakistan for their vested agenda. He said the onus of setbacks in Afghanistan cannot be put on Pakistan or others.

He said Pakistan believes in politically negotiated settlement of Afghan issue as there was no military solution to the conflict.

Responding to a volley of questions regarding Kashmir dispute, the spokesperson said peace, stability and development will remain elusive in the region without the resolution of the outstanding dispute between Pakistan and India.

He said India is escalating tension on the border and committing ceasefire violations in order to divert attention from the Kashmir dispute. He said the latest Indian unprovoked firing on the line of control resulted in the martyrdom of two civilians and injuries to seven others.

The FO spokesperson said India was using different tactics to malign the purely indigenous freedom movement of Kashmiri people.

He, however, said India will never succeed in its attempts as the movement is being led by the Kashmiri people. He said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for right to self-determination.

“The world community should play its due role in resolution of Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC resolutions,” he said.

To a query, Nafees Zakaria said CPEC was a regional connectivity project which would link the Central Asian states, South Asia and the Middle East.

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He made it clear that the project is not against any other country. He said India itself is inviting investment from different countries in the areas which are under its illegal occupation or are the disputed territories.

Nafees Zakaria said India was perpetrating and financing terrorism in Pakistan.

He said we have caught their agent Kulbhushan Yadav who made confession twice in which he admitted that he was sent by his government to destabilize Pakistan.

About reports that India is hiring Afghan refugees to perpetrate sabotage activities in Pakistan, he said this further exposes the very face of India which is conspiring to create troubles in the other sovereign country by using vulnerable segments of the society.

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