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Afghan ambassador claims 80 percent IS fighters came from Pakistan

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Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai on Wednesday claimed that 80 percent fighters and leadership of Daesh in Afghanistan came from Pakistan to the country and suggested that the two counties need to co-ordinate efforts to deal with the potential threat of the terror network to the neighbours. The outgoing Afghan ambassador was speaking at a public talk, organised by Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI).

The ambassador stated that 80 percent fighters and the current leadership of Daesh in Afghanistan came from Pakistan’s tribal belt – Orakzai, Mohamand and Bajaur agencies. “So this is a challenge, which is a common threat for both the countries [Pakistan, Afghanistan] and closer coordination is needed between the two countries to deal with it,” he said, adding Afghan security forces, intelligence agencies and their counterparts in Pakistan need to make co-ordinated efforts to deal with the menace of Daesh, which is a potential threat to the regional security.

On the Afghan reconciliation process, he said that Afghanistan’s legitimate government was facing an armed opposition, having “external linkages and connections”, and both the Afghan government and vast majority of the people have expressed sincere desire of a political solution with the armed opposition. He said that in the process all the neighbours especially Pakistan and the key international allies particularly China and United States had an essential role to play. However, he pointed out that there was need for reduction in the ongoing violence in Afghanistan for the success of the reconciliation process.

The Ambassador stated that there was no military solution to the war in Afghanistan. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have suffered heavily at the hands of the terrorists, he said, adding that after the Murree talks proved futile, another effort is now being made in the form of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group dialogue. On economic cooperation, he expressed the importance of close economic cooperation between the two countries, adding that it would not only help lift millions out of poverty but also help restore Afghanistan’s natural role as a leader in the region instead of a country which serves as platform for proxy wars.

He stated that Kabul recognises the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and said that the multi-billion dollar project would have a positive impact on the economy of Afghanistan as well. He highlighted President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Pakistan in November and applauded all the developments that took place during the visit.

The solution to the region’s problems lay in progressively narrowing down differences, which needs strong linkages, he added. The Ambassador also talked about the vitality of transit trade and highlighted developments in the energy sector, namely the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project and the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000).

To queries, the Afghan envoy said that his country was pursuing a strict policy of non-interference, adding that Kabul will not allow any group or state to use Afghan soil against any other country including Pakistan. However, he said that India was playing an important role in Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development, adding that Afghanistan was ready to work under a trilateral mechanism to address concerns of Pakistan if it believes that India is involved in any anti-Pakistan activities.

Referring to historic ties between the two countries, he said that millions of Pakistanis trace back their ancestry to Afghanistan, adding the relationship between the two countries is not only one of a shared culture and beliefs but also of blood. He thanked government of Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees and was grateful for the kindness and hospitality with which they were treated on a daily basis stating that the Afghan refugees held tremendous goodwill for the people of Pakistan.

However, he voiced his concern about the recent trend where these refugees had been blamed for terrorist activities in Pakistan and voiced earnest hope that in future such statements would not be issued. He further stated that the refugees want to go back home with dignity and till that time this issue should be treated on purely humanitarian grounds and not politicised.

Ambassador Mosazai pointed out that Pakistan and Afghanistan are two independent countries with intertwined destinies. Hence they cannot isolate each other under any circumstance. Earlier, Director General ISSI former ambassador Masood Khan highlighted that Pakistan and Afghanistan were bound by the ties of geography, history, ethnicity, and religion.

He highlighted that how the two countries have restarted their joint quest for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process – the Quadrilateral Coordination Group Dialogue and stated that in this “quad”, Afghanistan is the key actor, while the other three countries are playing a supportive, facilitative role. He laid emphasis on the fact that direct talks without any preconditions and red lines were vital for the peace process to move forward, adding the key challenge was to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

 

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Fake “ISIS Attack” On Pak TV Station, 2 Shots In the Air and 2 Empty Grenades

Grenade hurled at TV channel in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD – Terrorists linked with Daesh Afghanistan chapter yesterday attacked ARY News Islamabad bureau office with hand grenades and also fired gunshots, injuring a non-linear editor, the ARY management said.
Unidentified assailants riding a motorbike lobbed crackers on ARY News office and fired two shots. Security guards present at the office entrance retaliated swiftly, forcing the attackers to flee away dropping pamphlets.
Afghanistan chapter of the global terror outfit Daesh, also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attack in the pamphlets ‘in reaction to the channels coverage of ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb’.
Two unknown persons reached at the ARY office in F-7 Sector on a number-less Honda-125 motorcycle at around 6:20pm and lobbed two grenades over the office gate. The veiled attackers also fired gun shots but they did not hit anyone. However, grenade caused injuries to an ARY employee. The attackers then fled the scene as an office security guard retaliated with a couple of gunshots.
According to the security guard, the attackers also threw pamphlets at the scene inscribed with slogans against the Zarb-e-Azab operation being conducted by Pak Army in restive areas of the country. An ARY official Umar Hayat got head injuries in the grenade attack and was shifted to the Polyclinic hospital for treatment.
Soon after the incident, PTI leadership including Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jehangir Tareen visited the ARY office to express solidarity with the media workers. Islamabad Police IG Khalid Khattack also visited the scene and directed his officials to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident. Islamabad police beefed up security at the media houses in the city after the attack.

‘Pak. officers involved in attack on Indian mission’

‘Pak. officers involved in attack on Indian mission’

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They were from Pakistani military, says Afghan province police chief

Afghan security forces surround a house which is used by gunmen to attack the Indian Consulate at Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan recently.— FILE PHOTO: AP

Afghan security forces surround a house which is used by gunmen to attack the Indian Consulate at Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan recently.— FILE PHOTO: AP

Pakistani military officers were involved in the attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in which assailants attempted to storm the mission building, a senior Afghan police official said on Tuesday.

“We saw with our own eyes and I can say 99 per cent that those attackers were from Pakistani military and used special tactics while conducting their operation,” Sayed Kamal Sadat, police chief of the Balkh province, said of the attack that took place last week.

Mr. Sadat said the attackers — officers from across the border — were well-trained military men who fought the Afghan security forces in the 25-hour siege.

“The attackers were military personnel. They were educated and well prepared and had intelligence. They fought us and only by Allah’s grace were we able to control them and eliminate them,” Mr. Sadat was quoted as saying by Tolo News.

The police official said efforts were under way to track down, identify and detain those who assisted the attackers to gain access to the building that was opposite the Indian Consulate.

An intense gun battle between the security forces and the attackers took place outside the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif after assailants attempted to storm the mission building on Jan. 3.

The standoff ended on the night of January 4 after the attackers, who entered the building opposite the Indian Consulate, were killed.

One police man also lost his life and nine others including three civilians were wounded in the incident.

As the Consulate came under attack, Indo-Tibetan Border Police guards deployed on the sentry post foiled their attempt by raining heavy fire on them. — PTI

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