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Militants fleeing operations in Pakistan joined IS in Afghanistan: Mosazai

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Afghan envoy in Islamabad Janan Mosazai claimed Wednesday that majority of insurgents escaping military operations in Pakistan’s Orakzai and Mohmand agencies joined Islamic State (IS) also known domestically as Daesh Afghanistan.

“About 60 to 70 per cent militants fleeing Pakistan during operations in Mohmand and Orakzai went on to join Daesh in Afghanistan,” Mosazai told Pakistani media, while addressing a seminar in Islamabad.

He warned that Daesh was a major threat to all regional countries, particularly to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He assured that Kabul would never allow any insurgent group to use its soil against any country.

“Afghanistan is committed to its policy of non-interference in neighboring countries, including Pakistan,” he added.

Mosazai furthered that Kabul wants cordial ties with Pakistan as it is important for both countries in order to provide prosperous and stable environment in the region.

He said Kabul recognizes the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He added that the billions-dollar worth project would put a positive impact on the economy of Pakistan as well as Afghanistan.

Mosazai thanked the government of Pakistan for sheltering millions of Afghan refugees for more than 30 years and appreciated efforts made by Islamabad for bringing Afghan Taliban to the peace table.

“Afghan Taliban should be brought to the negotiation table so the long-running conflict in Afghanistan can be ended through political means.”

Reports suggest that those insurgents fleeing counter-terrorism operations in various regions of Federally Administered Tribal Areas joined different insurgent groups in Afghanistan.

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