25 August 2017

News Story: Pakistan calls for immediate U.S. actions against terrorists in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's National Security Committee (NSC) rejected on Thursday allegations and insinuations against the country by U.S. President Donald Trump, saying scapegoating Pakistan will not help stabilize Afghanistan situation, according to an official statement.

The statement came following a NSC meeting chaired by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Trump administration's South Asia strategy. The U.S. president accused Pakistan of harboring terrorists through its "safe havens" in his Tuesday remarks.

The NSC meeting was attended by the country's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Navy as well as Air Force chiefs, heads of intelligence agencies, cabinet members in capital Islamabad.

"We would like to see effective and immediate U.S. military efforts to eliminate sanctuaries harboring terrorists and miscreants on the Afghan soil, including those responsible for fomenting terror in Pakistan," said the committee, advising the U.S. administration that the Afghan war cannot be fought in Pakistan.

Urging the United States to acknowledge Pakistan's sacrifices in the war on terror, the committee observed that Pakistan had to face the results of conflict in Afghanistan, including a deluge of refugees, a flow of drugs and arms, and terrorists' safe havens in eastern Afghanistan, where militant groups continue to operate and launch attacks inside Pakistan.

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