Kabul: Following the increased tensions between Pakistan’s military forces and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the threat of the Pakistani Interior Minister to take action against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Afghanistan, Ned Price, the spokesperson of the US State Department, supported Islamabad’s plan.
He said on Tuesday: “We’re aware of the recent statement by the Pakistani National Security Committee. The Pakistani people have suffered tremendously from terrorist attacks. Pakistan has a right to defend itself from terrorism.”
Price was replying to a question at his daily briefing about what is seen as a threat to Afghanistan in the NSC statement on Monday that “no country will be allowed to provide sanctuaries and facilitation to terrorists and Pakistan reserves all rights in that respect to safeguard her people”.
Islamabad has complained about cross-border terrorist attacks by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from bases in Afghanistan.
Price said that the Afghan Taliban has been “unable or unwilling” to fulfil its commitment to not allow its territory to be used for terrorism.
The US calls “on the Taliban to uphold the very commitment they have made to see to it that Afghan soil is never again used as a launchpad for international terrorist attacks”, he said.
Meanwhile, in response to the recent remarks by Pakistan officials, Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid said the Islamic Emirate is determined to not allow Afghanistan’s soil to be used to pose threats to other countries including Pakistan.
“We are committed to this purpose, but the Pakistani side is also responsible for trying to resolve the situation, refraining from baseless allegations and provocative thoughts because it creates mistrust,” said Mr. Mujahid.