PM Abbasi never said Kabul attackers ‘crossed over from Pakistan’
“The remarks are simply baseless and have no reference to discussions with any media person,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday.
UK-based Financial Times had quoted the Pakistani PM as saying in a recent interview that “it seems three or four people crossed over the (Pak-Afghan) border. There was a vehicle which travelled from that area to Kabul and was parked in an embassy compound before it blew up.”
“The remarks are simply baseless and have no reference to discussions with any media person,” the PM office clarified in a statement the other day.
It also “advised the relevant print media to carefully review the contents of discussions before reporting.”
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At least 90 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter in May this year.
In August, US President Donald Trump, overlooking Pakistan’s huge contribution with more than 60,000 soldiers and civilians dead, $120 billion (Dh440.4 billion) infrastructure losses and more, threatened Pakistan, accusing it of providing sanctuaries to the Taliban. Pakistan denies this charge.
During the interview with Financial Times, the Pakistan prime minister said he had found Washington’s Pakistan policy “confusing”, and that he had to rely on media reports to find out what President Trump’s plans were for the region.
He warned the US of risking fuelling terrorism in the region and undermining military efforts in Afghanistan if the Trump administration followed through with a threat to downgrade its relationship with Islamabad.
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He also threatened to drop the US as supplier of military aircraft to apply pressure on its ally. “The signals we get from Washington are confusing, but our message is very clear: we are committed to fighting terror and we will continue to fight terror,” Abbasi said.
Pakistan has predictably taken serious umbrage following the announcement of the long-awaited American policy review on Afghanistan. Unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last month, the policy, unbound by timelines, seeks an outright military victory over the Taliban [Afghan resistance] and calls upon India to share the burden of economic engagement with Afghanistan.
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