Don’t use terror as policy tool, Islamabad told
KABUL: Punjabi Taliban’s announcement to fight in Afghanistan is a brazen declaration of interference, the National Security Council (NSC) said on Sunday, calling upon Pakistan to quit terrorism and strive for peace in the region.
At a meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the council noted this was the second time the Pakistani militant group had made the announcement to enter into fighting in Afghanistan.
The militant group, comprised of mostly ethnic Punjabi extremists, announced a ceasefire in Pakistan yesterday. Its leader, Asmatullah Muawiah, said they would end their armed struggle in their own country and limit their activities to Afghanistan.
The faction has been active in Punjab, the power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
While blasting the statement, the NSC said Afghanistan has long been a victim of terrorist attacks planned and funded by the Pakistani spy agency. Most of the terrorists recently killed or captured were Pakistani militants, it added.
A statement from Karzai’s office said the NSC once again called upon Pakistan to refrain from using the Punjabi Taliban as warring agents and engage in the peace confidence-building process in the interest of both countries.
The council vowed to thoroughly investigate the matter, saying the use of terror as a policy tool would benefit no one in the region. (Pajhwok)