Pakistan asks Afghanistan to take immediate steps against terrorist entities

Pakistan asks Afghanistan to take immediate steps against terrorist entities

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan has once again asked Afghan authorities to take immediate and effective steps against terrorist entities operating from their soil.

At her weekly news briefing in Islamabadon Friday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch voiced concerns over the presence of terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan, the Radio Pakistan reported.

"Pakistan desires to have peaceful and friendly relations with Afghanistan. We have great sympathies with our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan who have suffered a great deal because of difficult humanitarian and security situation," the FO spokesperson said, adding that

Pakistan has advocated internationally that humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan must continue.

Responding to a question, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said Pakistan is strongly committed to protection of workers and projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). 
"We will defeat designs of any terrorist entity against CPEC or any other investment project in Pakistan," she said.

Expressing concerns over the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the FO spokesperson urged India to repeal its draconian laws and stop using the bogey of terrorism to suppress dissent in the occupied territory.

She reiterated Pakistan's call for a durable and sustained ceasefire in Gaza to enable supply of extensive and robust humanitarian assistance, urgently needed medical aid to the injured and shelter to those displaced by the indiscriminate and in-humane bombing by Israeli occupation forces.

"We are also deeply concerned at the escalating Israeli aggression in the West Bank," Baloch said, adding that the international community should take immediate and decisive steps to bring an end to Israeli campaign of terrorism against Palestinians.

"Pakistan supports the call for a comprehensive investigation into attacks against medical facilities, schools, mosques, churches, residential buildings and water facilities and urges full accountability for the war crimes being perpetrated in occupied Palestine," the FO spokesperson stated.