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Pakistan angrily reacts to British, Afghan leaders' remarks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 30, IRNA -- Pakistan on Thursday angrily reacted to remarks by Afghan President and British Prime Minister, who had alleged that Islamabad is exporting terrorism in Afghanistan and the world.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who was speaking in the Indian city of Bangalore, also accused Islamabad of having links with terrorist groups, noting that the Pakistani government was guilty of double dealing by both making an alliance with the West and helping terror groups inside Pakistani territory.

“Pakistan is saddened by British Prime Minister, David Cameron's remarks in Bangalore,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit, said.

“These remarks are contrary to the facts on the ground and they have been prompted by reports of the Wikileaks website,” Basit told weekly press briefing.

Wikileaks, some 90,000 American Afghan war memos, say that Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI has direct contacts with Afghan Taliban and its representatives attended Taliban meetings.

The Pakistani spokesman pointed out that no one can draw right conclusions from such misguided reports that themselves are based on raw intelligence.

“It is important that we should not be creating unnecessary hype around these reports and get distracted. The world knows very well how Pakistan is contributing in the on-going fight against terrorism and continues doing that in its own interest”.

The spokesman also termed as incomprehensible remarks by Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, who said in Kabul on Thursday that avoiding targeting hideouts of terrorists on the other side of the border is questionable.

Karzai did not name Pakistan but he meant Pakistan when he mentioned terrorism on the other side of the border.

Pakistan spokesman said during the last two years Pakistan and Afghanistan have been cooperating closely with each other against terrorism and “we don't see any reason as to why these remarks should have been made by the Afghan President”.

He said Pakistan has asked its ambassador in Kabul to seek clarifications from the Afghan Government.

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