Insurgency in Afghanistan cause of mounting terrorism


ISLAMABAD JULY 20(TNS): Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in his weekly briefing Thursday said that terrorism in Afghanistan has increased because of the 40-year-long insurgency in the country.

“Pakistan has completed health, education and other developmental projects in Afghanistan with $500 million of American aid,” FO reminded critics across the border, also adding that prominent leaders of the Haqqani network have been killed in Afghanistan.

Both Kulbhushan Jadhav and Ehsanullah Ehsan had confirmed the presence of India’s spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), in Afghanistan and that it is operating in Pakistan, the FO spokesman added.

“Pakistan will continue playing its role for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the FO said, adding that its efforts to counter terrorism have been acknowledged across the globe.

Zakaria also said that India is heightening tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary to divert international attention from its “heinous crimes” in Kashmir. “Yesterday, as a result of this unprovoked action, one of our brave soldiers embraced martyrdom and two were critically injured,” the FO said.

The Indian deputy high commissioner (DHC) was also summoned on Thursday to the FO to protest the ceasefire violations. Indian DHC had been summoned twice by the FO. Indian forces have violated the ceasefire 594 times to-date this year, the FO said.