Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations about operation Khyber-IV

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday rejected the allegation that military operation Khyber-IV was meant to push militants into Afghanistan.

Responding to a media query regarding a statement attributed to the governor of the Afghan province of Kunar, the Foreign Office Spokesperson underlined that such statements were contrary to the spirit and understanding arrived at during recent engagements at the leadership level of the two countries. Such media headlines were misleading and part of the malicious campaign, he added.

Khyber-IV, he said, was part of the ongoing counter-terrorism operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. Our security forces have achieved success in fighting back terrorists, he added.

The political leadership of the two countries, the spokesperson said,had agreed that the two sides would coordinate and cooperate in their action to eradicate the menace of terrorism, which was a common challenge.

He said the Afghan defence authorities were accordingly informed about the operation Khyber-IV. Terrorists fleeing the military action were to be dealt with by Afghan security forces. “So far we have received no support from Afghanistan in operation Khyber IV,” he added.

The spokesperson said effective border management was imperative to curb cross-border movement of terrorists. Border management measures would facilitate movement of people, trade, and transit and would be instrumental in curtailing the activities of terrorists, drug and human smugglers and other undesired elements, he argued.- APP

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Story first published: 7th August 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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