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Pakistan rules out ‘organized presence’ of any terror outfit on its soil

Foreign ministry spokesperson Nafees Zakariya at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday said allegations made by some neighboring states (pointing to Afghanistan) about presence of Haqqani network in tribal areas of Pakistan are mere rhetoric.

This is only aimed at putting the blame of their own failures on Pakistan, he said.

Zakariya noted the killing of a number of commanders of Haqqani network in Afghanistan clearly indicate that the group is based in Afghanistan and not operating from Pakistan.

He maintained that as result of effective counter-terrorism operations, the terrorists are on the run and their infrastructure has been dismantled.

Zakariya said during the visit of the US delegation headed by Senator McCain, matters pertaining to Afghanistan were also discussed.

He added Pakistan believes in an Afghanistan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. Peace and stability in Afghanistan has direct bearing on peace and stability in Pakistan.

Zakariya said Pakistan is ready to assist in all efforts aimed at bringing peace to the neighboring country.

When asked about the sale of advanced weapons to India by different countries, the spokesperson said Pakistan is deeply concerned about the matter which undermines the objectives of preserving strategic balance in the region.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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