ISPR says NATO drone targeted an Afghan terrorist

Staff Report
Friday - January 26, 2018
RAWALPINDI: The drone strike on January 24 in Spintal of Hangu district was on an individual target, who had morphed into Afghan refugees and not any organised terrorists’ sanctuary which have been eliminated; an inter services public relations (ISPR) statement said on Thursday.

According to detail, out of total 54 Afghan refugees’ camps and complexes in Pakistan, 43 are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) with an overlap in federally administered tribal areas (FATA), complexes in Hangu including where the drone struck.

This validates Pakistan’s stance that left over terrorists easily morph into Afghan refugees camps and complexes.

Thus their early and dignified return to Afghanistan is essential.

Pakistan’s brotherly hospitality to peaceful Afghan refugees must not be exploited by the terrorists.

Separately foreign office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal, on Thursday, reiterated, “Pakistan condemned the drone strike in Kurram agency carried out by the resolute support mission (RSM) on January 24, which targeted an Afghan refugee camp.”

“Pakistan continues to emphasise to the United States (US) the importance of sharing actionable intelligence, so that appropriate action is taken against terrorists by our forces within our territory” recalling “Pakistan has also been stressing the need of early repatriation of Afghan refugees, as their presence in Pakistan helps Afghan terrorists to melt and morph among them,” he grieved.

FO spokesman whipped, “Such unilateral actions are detrimental to the spirit of cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism.”

Faisal said, “Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack at the Kabul inter-continental hotel and in Jalalabad recently” asserting “Accusations of Taliban and Haqqani network (HQN) finding safe havens and hideouts in Pakistan are contrary to the ground realities.”

He mentioned, “Pakistan has strengthened the border on its side by deploying over 200,000 troops, constructing scores of border posts and a fence to prevent unauthorised movement of people” lashing “The Afghan government needs to make similar, complementary efforts on its side of the border.”

FO spokesman said, “Pakistan has always maintained that the only viable solution to the Afghan conflict lies in a politically negotiated, Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process” advising “The military approach has been tried for over 16 years and has failed to render the desired results.”

He said, “It has only increased the sufferings of the Afghan people and enhanced their resentment against the foreign forces on their land” adding “The peace deal signed between the Afghan-government and Hizb-e-Islami (HeI) can serve as a model for future talks with other insurgent groups including the Taliban.”

Faisal concluded, “It is essential that the Afghan leadership comes up with a credible and inclusive peace plan so that all Afghan stakeholders are incentivised to promote peace.”