Govt ‘needs to implement all international laws’ to stop ‘terrorist traffic’ on Pak-Afghan border

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif during an inverview. — Reuters/File
  • Asif calls for some basic changes at Pak-Afghan border.
  • Says Afghanistan the “source of terrorism” for Pakistan.
  • Slams “no cooperation from Kabul” in dealing with terrorists.

Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif has stressed the importance of implementation of international laws on the borders to prevent influx of terrorist elements to Pakistan, especially from Afghanistan, as a fresh wave of terrorism grips the country.

In a post on social media site X, formerly Twitter, Asif called for some basic changes to the border situation which is needed in the light of rise in terrorist incidents.

He said that the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is different from any other borders in the world, terming the neighbouring country a “source of terrorism” for Pakistan.

Govt needs to implement all international laws to stop terrorist traffic on Pak-Afghan border

He said that the Afghan government was not making any progress in eliminating terrorist elements using Afghan soil to carry out attacks in Pakistan, despite all out efforts by Islamabad.

He said that the Afghan authorities know all the terrorist hideouts in their country.

“There is no cooperation from Kabul. Pakistan should implement all the international laws on this border,” Asif said, adding that “terrorist traffic” will have to be stopped.

The comments came after Tuesday’s dastardly suicide attack that killed five Chinese nationals and a Pakistani citizen in Shangla’s Besham city, which sent shock waves across the country amid a spike in terrorist attacks.

Pakistan has time and again accused the Afghan authorities of not taking action against terrorist outfits including the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) operating on its soil and involved in cross-border attacks against security forces and civilians.

Earlier this month, seven Pakistan Army personnel, including two officers, were martyred in a terrorist attack in the general area Mir Ali of North Waziristan District.

Following the attack, the Pakistani forces carried out intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in the border regions inside Afghanistan against terrorists launching attacks in Pakistan from Afghan soil.

The military has called out the continuous use of Afghan soil as the reason behind the “growing terrorism in Pakistan”.

“It is clear to all that the recent wave of terrorism in Pakistan has full support and assistance of Afghanistan,” it added.

A day after the attack, the defence minister had also said that militants were using Afghanistan soil to carry out terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.

“Terrorism against us is mostly being conducted from Afghanistan,” the defence minister had said while speaking to the media in Sialkot.

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