ISLAMABAD – Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz held a telephonic conversation with Afghan National Security Adviser (NSA) Hanif Atmar on Friday and expressed serious concerns over terrorist activities in Pakistan being operated from Afghan soil.

Sartaj Aziz also conveyed deep anguish and pain of people of Pakistan over recent terrorist attacks.

He told his Afghan counterpart that terrorist group Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban, was behind these barbaric acts of terrorism.

Advisers said it was imperative for the Afghan government to take strong action against such elements to reaffirm that its soil was not used for terrorism in Pakistan.

However, the Afghan National Security Adviser expressed his government’s condolences over the loss of lives in the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan.