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Pakistan says foreign militants present in tribal regions

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, June 26, IRNA
Pakistan-Foreign Militants
Pakistan has said that there are indications about presence of foreigners in the tribal regions and foreign hand in exploiting the situation there.

Replying to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq, however, said there was no specific information.

Asked to comment on the US opposition to peace agreements in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), he said talks are being held with tribal chiefs and notables and not with miscreants.

He said the policy has an advantage in that the Government can engage them in the process of development of the areas.

"Mere use of force will not help resolve the problem. Pakistan is pursuing three pronged strategy of use of force if and when required, socio-economic development and political dialogue to address the issue".

He rejected the allegations leveled by the spokesman of the Afghan Intelligence Agency and Presidency against Pakistani security agencies for attack on President Hamid Karzai on 27th of April this year.

The spokesman hoped that the Afghan Government would adopt serious attitude and desist from vitiating the atmosphere of bilateral relations with Pakistan.

"This has not helped matters in the past and will not in the future as well".

He pointed out that Pakistan condemned the attack and was gratified that he was not harmed. "This was a natural expression of a genuine sentiment on the part of a brotherly country that wished to foster close ties with Afghanistan. In the subsequent meetings and contacts between the two countries, no hint of any misgivings on this score was given by the Afghan side".

The spokesman expressed surprise that such allegations are being leveled at this stage. He referred to reports suggesting that the attack had something to do with a massive intelligence and security failure or some kind of problems between the Afghan intelligence apparatus and the Government.

"Pakistan has noted that most of the people arrested after the attack were employees of the Afghan Government including the Defence Ministry".

He said it is regrettable that these allegations suggest that responsible members in the Afghan government wish to reignite the blame game.

Referring to the incident of parading chained Pakistani prisoners in a news conference by Governor of Kandahar, he said this is a medieval practice, not different from what Taliban occasionally indulged in the past.

To a question the spokesman said under the tripartite dialogue between Pakistan, Afghanistan and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Afghan refugees will return to their homeland by 31of December next year and Pakistan would like to follow the timetable.

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