ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office said on Thursday that Afghanistan-based Jamat-ul-Ahrar is carrying out terrorist incidents in Pakistan, and urged the Afghan leadership to take necessary steps to address our concern.
“We have raised the issue terrorist activities on Pakistan soil from across the border,” the Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at his weekly press briefing in Islamabad.
The Spokesman said that continuing instability in Afghanistan has created space for the non-state actors and terrorist organizations to find their foothold in that Country.
Jumaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has accepted its responsibility for many terror acts in Pakistan including February 13’s Lahore blast.
Last Wednesday, through Afghan Deputy Head of Mission in Islamabad, Pakistan conveyed its grave concern to Kabul about the continuing terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil by Jumaat-ul-Ahrar from its sanctuaries inside Afghanistan.
In reply to a question, Nafees Zakaria said that investigation is underway in Lahore bombing and some arrests have been made.
Nafees Zakaria also pointed out that India has been involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan has taken issue to the UN Secretary General about involvement of India in terrorist activities in Pakistan.
To a question, the Spokesman said that Indian defence buildup is not in the interest of the region.
“It is a matter of grave concern and endangering the peace in the region and disturbing the strategic balance,” Zakaria said.