Islamabad, Feb 16: Pakistan has summoned a senior Afghan envoy on Wednesday to lodge its protest over the use of its territory as terrorist launch pads for attacks in Pakistan.
Pakistan has resolved to deal effectively with the recent terror attacks and their perpetrators on both civilian and military fronts.
Afghan Deputy Head of Mission (DHM) Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi was summoned to the Foreign Office for receiving protest over continuing terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar from its sanctuaries inside Afghanistan.
“Attention of the DHM was also drawn to the earlier actionable intelligence shared by our authorities with the Afghan side. Afghanistan was urged to take urgent measures to eliminate the terrorists and their sanctuaries, financiers and handlers operating from its territory,” a statement by the Foreign Office spokesman said.
Meanwhile, civilian and military leadership of Pakistan discussed the recent spate of terrorism at a national security meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after coming under pressure to aggressively confront militant groups.
“Terrorism emanating (from) within the country or executed and harboured from outside the country would be eliminated and those posing threat to peace and security of the country would be liquidated by the might of the state,” said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office after the meeting.
The statement, however, did not elaborate what actions had been agreed and only expressed the resolve for complete “physical and ideological annihilation” of terrorism and extremism.
The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua, the Inter-Services Intelligence’s director general of counterterrorism, the DG of the Intelligence Bureau and other senior government officials.
The meeting took place against the backdrop of the recent spate of terror attacks in different cities and towns. Therefore, the statement was designed to ease public anxiety and fears over the fresh wave of terrorist attacks.