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No terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, Janjua tells Senate

Tehmina Janjua

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday reiterated that there aren’t any terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan as the country had cleansed its areas of them.

Tehmina Janjua was briefing the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on the situation emerging in the aftermath of the America’s Afghan policy and recent top-level meetings between Pakistan and the US leadership.

She said there are no terrorist safe havens on Pakistani territory and the country has purged its areas of terrorists.

Ms Janjua said 40 percent areas of Afghanistan were ungoverned and the rest housed terrorist sanctuaries.

She told the Senate that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the militant Islamic State were perpetuating terrorist activities against Pakistan.

The Foreign Secretary said the Indian spy agency was using the Afghan soil to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan. Enhanced Indian role in the region was unacceptable, she added.

She said Pakistan was making concerted efforts to secure its frontiers with Afghanistan. “Pakistan had told America to provide useful information about the presence of militants, it will take action.”

She rejected the concerns of the US on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Ms Janjua said the Pakistan’s leadership raised the issue of Kashmir during meetings with the US authorities. “They are ready to mediate between Pakistan and India for resolution of the Kashmir issue.”

Briefing the committee about Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s recent visit to Afghan capital Kabul, she said it was an important trip during which key meetings with Afghan civilian and military leadership took place.

Both countries are in agreement over several issues, including border management, enhancing trade and setting up five working groups.

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