The Afghan government accuses Pakistan of supporting the militants who carried out the attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, which killed over 100 people on Saturday. The Afghan government said the attack was carried out by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network with Pakistani support, RTE News reported.
The bombing, which took place in a crowded area of the city center, injured another 235 people, officials said. Islamabad always denies supporting Afghan fighters.
US President Donald Trump, who dispatched more American troops to Afghanistan last year and ordered an increase in air strikes and other aid to the Afghan forces, said the attack “renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners.” He called for “resolute action” against the Taliban after the attack.
Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson said in a statement that “there can be no tolerance for those who support or provide refuge for terrorist groups”.
The use of an ambulance by the Taliban as a remedy against civilians is an inhumane disregard for the Afghan people and all those working to bring peace to the country, “he said, adding that the attack” violated the most basic international norms “. have.
“All countries that support peace in Afghanistan are committed to taking determined action to stop the Taliban’s violence,” he said. Although Tillerson has not named any specific countries, Washington has repeatedly accused Pakistan of not fighting militant groups like the Taliban or their Haqqani allies.
President Donald Trump lashed out in early January in Pakistan, condemning Islamabad’s “lies” and “deceptions” in the fight against terrorism, with the US providing hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance.
Previously Pakistan had strongly condemned the “insidious” terrorist attack in Kabul. “We express deep sadness and grief over the loss of valuable human lives in this terrorist attack, which reportedly injured a number of people,” a statement by the State Department spokesman said.
“The Government and people of Pakistan are supporting solidarity and support with the Government and people of Afghanistan in this brutal terrorist attack, expressing our deepest sympathy for those who have lost their loved ones and our sincere prayers and wishes for their early recovery, who have been injured in this terrible terrorist attack, “the spokesman said.
In the meantime, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir said Americans are forgiving Pakistan’s 16-year failure in Afghanistan.
A lot of blame has come to Pakistan. This is one of the reasons why we have now started to limit the limit. And it’s very interesting: now that we say OK, you blame us for sending people over or some people running over, we’ll narrow down the entire 2,600 kilometers, “he said in an interview with the national radio and television station Belgium, VRT: Flemish Radio and Television.
The Minister attended a four-day visit (22-25 January) in Brussels together with a delegation of parliamentarians. The delegation of parliamentarians included former parliament speaker Fehmida Mirza, Chairman of the Trade Committee of the National Assembly, Siraj Khan, and Senate Trade Committee Chairman Shibli Faraz.
“But once we start to fence, we’ve done almost 250 kilometers, nobody helps us,” the minister said when asked about Pakistan-US relations. He expressed the hope that the Europeans would convey to the Americans the position of Pakistan, which he said they are not very open to Pakistan’s point of view at the moment.
It has to be said that we have the price in mind again, as the Americans say. And the price is a stable democratic Afghanistan, “he said, referring to the situation in Afghanistan, the minister said:” You spent a trillion dollars; They have sacrificed thousands of soldiers, many more injuries. And even now, nearly 45 percent of Afghanistan is out of government control. “Khurram Dastgir said that as long as the situation in Afghanistan is unstable, there will be unrest in Pakistan.
On the situation of internal security in Pakistan, the minister said that it had improved massively. “There is no other word for it, I think we did an almost miracle, all of Pakistan is now peaceful, we still get some terrorist incidents, but by and large, the terrorist attacks have been 80 since their peak in 2012 Percent, “he said.
“The murder of 142 children in the Army Public School in 2017 has mesmerized the people of Pakistan, they were not religious people, they were not anti-American crusaders, they were not nationalists, they were just bad people, Pakistan wanted to hurt, “he said.
In terms of improving Pakistan’s economic situation, Khurram Dastgir believes that the country is currently the fastest growing consumer market in the world.
“There is a great deal of interest from international retailers, food manufacturers and companies wanting to open up the Pakistani consumer market, as I said earlier, the infrastructure is on the rise, and Pakistan is finally, we believe, at the threshold of exploiting its potential because of its strategic position favorable geographic location, “he said.