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The newly-appointed ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry, on Thursday said that the Taliban had entered Pakistan as migrants, who had been told to steer clear of militant activities if they wanted to stay in the country.

Chaudhry, whose career as a foreign service officer spans over 36 years of multilateral and bilateral experience, was speaking at a seminar at the Air University Islamabad on matters of national security.

"We will not tolerate that the Taliban operate from here to carry out terror attacks across the border. The unrest in Afghanistan will not be allowed to infiltrate into Pakistan," Chaudhry said, when asked for a comment on the supposed distinction between "the good and the bad" Taliban.

The newly-appointed ambassador to the US said that the state wants Afghanistan and Taliban to enter dialogue.

"Billions of dollars have been spent on establishing peace in Afghanistan, but to no avail," Chaudhry added, saying that terrorism from Afghanistan is now spreading into Pakistan where elements are trying to destabilise the country and sabotage major events like the Pakistan Super League.

"We will not be pressurised by this so-called 'Do more' ideology being pushed on us. We're working on full capacity to counter terrorism and we will continue with our efforts in full force," he added.

Chaudhry also said that Pakistan is under threat from the militant Islamic State (IS) group, which may head to the country as the Syrian conflict nears an end.

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"It has been established that IS is operating in Afghanistan, and as a neighbouring country, Pakistan has severe reservations regarding the situation," he added.

He noted that the IS had posted pamphlets all over Peshawar, but the masses rejected them, adding that the much-feared militant group cannot establish a base in Pakistan as the nation is united when it comes to opposing terrorism.

"Action has already been initiated against terror outfits involved in sectarian violence in the country," Chaudhry said when he was asked about government's efforts to curb sectarian bloodshed.

"Nobody can isolate Pakistan," he maintained.

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Ashraf Feb 17, 2017 03:06am

No one believes us

Brajendra Feb 17, 2017 03:22am

you allowed these people to have sanctuary in your country. No wonder bombs are ripping you apart everyday and innocent people paying by their life. Think hard, honest and look inside.

Aam Pakistani Feb 17, 2017 03:32am

And you took nearly 2 decades to figure that out. What a genius

A shah Feb 17, 2017 05:02am

Yes sir and we can see how successful your policy has been.

Ahsan Feb 17, 2017 07:35am

At any cost , we should get rid of Taliban and make our beloved country free of Terrorism

Khan Feb 17, 2017 08:37am

What fools! They trusted terrorists to keep their word and allowed them into the country.

Ali Akbar Feb 17, 2017 10:20am

Yes keep blaming foreign hand when the problem is HOME-GROWN!

pakman Feb 17, 2017 10:50am

Send all Afghans back, in case it's still not known, Russians are long gone.

Abx Feb 17, 2017 10:57am

Well said

Blue Knight Feb 17, 2017 12:23pm

My Dear .. For conclusive win... you have to initiate the Ideological battle..

KhwarIzmi Feb 17, 2017 12:29pm

"Talvan entered Pakistan ad migrants on conditions they would disacow militancy".

There are so many wrongs with this statement that I do not even know where to begin. This is an outrage of gigantic proportions. The decision makers must clearly be replaced as soon as humanly possible!!!

vicky Feb 17, 2017 12:38pm

Lip service will not work..........Do more.

Azmeen Feb 17, 2017 04:14pm

A well articulated statement from a seasoned diplomat.

Niaz H. Jafri Feb 17, 2017 06:40pm

And we were so dumb that we let them in unconditionally and didn't know anything of their whereabouts and activities afterwards. They were allowed to continue to grow manifolds and become the uncontrollable monsters they are right now. What an idiotic explanation !