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Army wants joint anti-terror fight with Afghanistan

Updated Feb 22, 2017 09:13am


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ISLAMABAD: After days of talking tough on Afghan­istan in the aftermath of recent militant attacks, the Pakistan Army on Monday spoke about fighting terrorism jointly with Afghanistan.

The change in mood at the military headquarters coincided with the receipt of a demarche from the Afghan foreign ministry demanding arrest and handover of 85 leaders of Taliban, Haqqani Network and other terrorist groups and action against 32 alleged terrorist training centres, besides a warning that continued violence would push Kabul to seek international sanctions against “terrorist groups and their supporters”.

The Afghan demands came after Pakistan handed over a similar list of 76 Pakistani terrorists based in Afghanistan.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement issued after what was described as a ‘high-level security meeting at GHQ’ chaired by Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, said: “Pakistan and Afghanistan have fought against terrorism and shall continue this effort together”.

Kabul says it has delivered a list of 32 terror camps on Pakistani soil

The comments clearly contrasted with the earlier tone which bordered on unilateralism. The military had soon after the suicide attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan closed down border crossings with Afghanistan and the troops pounded ‘terrorist targets’ along the border. Gen Bajwa had himself told US commander in Afghanistan Gen Nicholson that the Afghan government’s inaction against terrorists was testing Pakistan’s policy of cross-border restraint.

Media reports also said that Pakistan had sent reinforcements to the border and deployed heavy armaments.

ISPR quoted Gen Bajwa as explaining at the meeting that “enhanced sec­urity arr­angements along Pak-Afg­han border were for fighting common enemy”. He also repeated the oft-mentioned refrain of targeting “terrorists of all hue and colour”.

Gen Bajwa issued directives for cooperation with Afghan forces in checking “illegal movements” and welcomed Afghan proposal for cooperation against terrorism.

Responding to Pakistan’s demand for action against 76 terrorists who have taken up sanctuaries in Afghanistan, the Afghan presidency had reminded Islamabad of an agreement reached during Quadrilateral Coordination Group talks about fighting terror and sought its implementation.

Meanwhile, the Afghan foreign ministry said it hoped to cooperatively work with Islamabad against terrorism under the Quadri­lateral framework that also included the United States and China.

It said it delivered a list of 85 Taliban and Haqqani Network leaders and 32 terror camps on Pakistani soil, which it claimed were involved in “crimes against people of Afghanistan”.

It said Pakistan had positively received the Afghan lists and expected that action would be taken against people and facilities of concern to it.

Alluding to Pakistan’s support for relaxation of UN sanctions against Taliban, the Afghan foreign ministry said it would push for further sanctions against “terror groups and their supporters” through the UN and other international fora.

In the meantime, Afghan defence ministry has described Pakistani shelling of the border areas as an “act of aggression” and called for resolution of the issue through “diplomatic means”.

Published in Dawn, February 21st, 2017


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Indese Feb 21, 2017 10:21am

Pakistan has a great opportunity to show its willingness against fighting terror.

Zeeshan Feb 21, 2017 10:22am

Pakistan and Afghanistan should conduct joint operations to eliminate terror hideouts.

vm Feb 21, 2017 10:25am

Now will Pakistan act against the list of terrorists provided by the Afghanistan.

aga khan Feb 21, 2017 10:28am

What goes around, comes around.

Ravi Feb 21, 2017 10:25am

Indeed a good demand from Afghanistan...

YAKUB lahori Feb 21, 2017 10:33am

Pakistan zindabaad

virumandi Feb 21, 2017 10:32am

Good game....nice to watch....

Arif Mohammed Feb 21, 2017 10:34am

People in glass houses should not throw stones at others.

Dilip Thorat Feb 21, 2017 10:38am

Good step by Afghanistan.

RAJA CHILL Feb 21, 2017 10:49am

There are reasons why Afganistan is surviving all these foriegn wars on its soil.dont take them lightly.

Mirza Feb 21, 2017 10:53am

Send all the Afghanese who are living in Pakistan and then talk. Feb 21, 2017 10:55am

lets take action accordingly

sid Feb 21, 2017 10:52am

I was just looking at news with various channels. Its not about pakistan or Afghanistan or India. Just think over it....what on earth are we discussing. All the countries of this part of the world should have been discussing on how can we have a joint economic zone. Who takes manufacturing of what sector. I would have loved it if there were disagreements on this issue. Fact is we cant even agree on a very basic basic as fight against terrorism. Huh.

Li-N-Ja Feb 21, 2017 10:56am

Pakistan Army is gradually taking goo steps under leadership of Gen. Bajwa. With this positive contribution a new opportunity is rising at the horizon for India-Pakistan-Afghanistan to stop giving all kind of support of any militant organisations, block their finance module, training camps and restore peace in this region. If Gen Bajwa continue his distance with politics of the Country and concentrate on only capacity building, strengthening the internal security systems, seal the borders all across it will completely change the image of the country globally. The country will prosper with foreign investment and growth.

Sandhu Feb 21, 2017 11:01am

And this list only came to mitigate the impact when Pakistan presented the list of 76 terrorists

bkt Feb 21, 2017 11:01am

What did you expect? Of course they will demand a tit for tat. This can be a good chance to show commitment to fighting terror.

naqeeb Feb 21, 2017 11:02am

Lets Pak handover what Afghanistan have asked and Afghan should handover what Pak has asked?

deepu Feb 21, 2017 11:02am

Any undiscriminate intervention in afghanistan can unite all warlords so pakistan should act cautiously...

Rohit Feb 21, 2017 11:09am

The three countries India, Pakistan & Afghanistan should act together to eliminate the joint threat and remove the mistrust among themselves.

Skkk Feb 21, 2017 11:06am

Great development. Fight vs terrorism is a ling term and painful process. One can not win through ego and emotions but intelligence and collaboration. Nothing can be solved through wars and agression. The whole world could not defeat Taliban in more than 15 years, through Military power. Only Collaboration and reconciliation can work againt a ruthless enemy.

Swaroop Feb 21, 2017 11:11am

@Mirza that will be a big loss of foreign aid to Pak for hosting refugees

Shuja Feb 21, 2017 11:12am

Send each and every Afghan refugee back to Afghanistan, and sealed the border across the board, and see how long will they survive.

Fawzia H Feb 21, 2017 11:09am

Fulfill Afghanistan's wanted list.

Iqbal Bhai Feb 21, 2017 11:15am
  1. Send all Afghan refugees back.
  2. Seal the borders.
  3. Formulate a joint strategy with Afghanistan on how to fight terrorism.

Yes, India has thrown a lot of money (sugar-coated as investment) in Afghanistan. So it is not going to be easy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to find common ground. But it should be done.

Vap Feb 21, 2017 11:13am

Lets take out each other's training camps and leave alone the ordinary citizens

conspiracy_theory Feb 21, 2017 11:20am


AKKS Feb 21, 2017 11:26am

@Shuja, they will still survive with the grace of God. I don't think any country in this world has suffered like Afghanistan. Try to respond to what Afghanistan has demanded if Pakistan sincerely wants terrorism to be eliminated once and for all. Sealing border, flexing muscles, belligerent tone and attitude are not going to solve the problems.

Nitin Feb 21, 2017 11:28am

Tit for tat policy in South Asia is everywhere

sado Feb 21, 2017 11:34am

A justified demand by Afghan government

gungo Feb 21, 2017 11:36am

It clearly indicates government of Kabul "not Afghanistan " backed by Indians was behind terrorists attacks. They have no remorse , totally shameless people in charge of kabul palace.

SOhan Feb 21, 2017 11:41am

Either both sides take action or tit for tat terrorism will continue.

vicky Feb 21, 2017 11:41am

Very fair demand. That's the way to fight on terror. You act on my list and we will act on yours.

Haroon Feb 21, 2017 11:41am

Show no mercy Pakistan pound the targets hard and send troops inside deep ... send a.clear signal to indians as well whole nation is behind you.. its now or never.. you are our real heroes..

Sohail Feb 21, 2017 11:45am

Viola. The people in Afganistan will say "it" worked. Lets do more of it and force Pakistan to stop supporting Taliban in Afghanistan.

Philosopher(from japan) Feb 21, 2017 11:55am

Don't open Afghan border. The ultimate solution.

Shah bin shah Feb 21, 2017 11:59am

Pakistan should do nothing for not fulfill any demand of these sell out afghani's

Mirza Ghalib Feb 21, 2017 12:04pm

The fact is that Afghanistan is a basket case which has nothing to show after over US$ 70b of military and social aid per year for over a decade. We should gift it to India and let them deal with the rot. As far as our policy, we should fence the border (which will stop terrorists crossing from both sides) and carry out the work that has started.

point of view Feb 21, 2017 12:01pm

A good answer by Afghanistan.

point of view Feb 21, 2017 12:07pm

@naqeeb, game should be fair.

Vaidyanathan Feb 21, 2017 12:09pm

Afghanistan is really great. Great people.

Kryptonite Feb 21, 2017 12:12pm

@Zeeshan Bro, there is no need for any joint operation. Pak and Afghanistan can do operations on their own in their own country. The question is whether they want to or not.

Kryptonite Feb 21, 2017 12:13pm

@aga khan Yes. You nailed it !

Qamar Feb 21, 2017 12:16pm

Afghanistan are totally mindless. Once they were acting on Russian tunes now they are dancing on American music. Better way is to expell every Afghani from our land.

Ashfaq Feb 21, 2017 12:16pm

India, Pakistan and Afganistan should work together to eradicate terrorism. Peace and economic growth is the need of the hour in this region.

Surya kant Feb 21, 2017 12:27pm

Please handover those demanded as per list to expect reciprocity.

The other Feb 21, 2017 12:29pm

Please handover ASAP. Great opportunity

Frankenstein Feb 21, 2017 12:29pm

A couple of days ago I was sitting with my friend and I saw this headline that an IED or something exploded in some road in Afghanistan and as a result 11 people died and 8 of them were children. In my opinion if someone is involved in killing of civilians and they are operating from our soil we should take stern action against them. Fighting occupational forces is a different thing but if any group is involved in killing of innocent citizens then its terrorism.

TORIS Feb 21, 2017 12:37pm


aslam shaikh1 Feb 21, 2017 12:44pm

It took a couple of days for Hindustan to create a list and deliver it to Afghan agents.

SAEED MASOOD Feb 21, 2017 12:47pm

This is not Afghanistan this is someone else from behind giving lists, Pakistan Forces should give Afghanistan a very hard hit across the boarder and destroy as many as possible terror training and hiding places and after this ask them if they want to talk.

Sultan Feb 21, 2017 12:48pm

Nothing is going to happen

sahid_kashmiri Feb 21, 2017 12:56pm

@Shuja Much of Pakistan economy is sustained on foreign Aid in the name of hosting refugees which will be denied once Afgan leave Pakistan.

mahhashmi Feb 21, 2017 01:06pm

In Afghan­istan government is handicap only sitting like duck in Kabul and following the their god father instruction..

Abha Feb 21, 2017 01:20pm

Why not handover all these people and see what happens.

Neo Feb 21, 2017 01:25pm

If NDS has supported ISIS in Sehwan blast, then according to this calculation NDS had supported ISIS in that blast of Kabul, which left 30 dead and more than 100 injured. It means NDS is acting against its own people.

Jaypee Feb 21, 2017 01:39pm

Sad to see, countries in the South Asia witnessing terror acts almost daily. Thousands of innocent people killed. How can supporting and abetting terror help in development and peace of the region which western countries are endowed with. Pakistan needs to think seriously for the sake of peace and humanity. World knows who makes and exports the terror.

The end is near Feb 21, 2017 01:38pm

Pakistan must fulfill Afghanistan's demand and hand over 85 leaders of Taliban and Haqani network. And destroy 32 terror training centers as demanded by Kabul. Its a genuine and valid demand by Afghan Government because Afghanistan wants to provide protection and security to its citizens. But Pakistan must keep the borders with Afghanistan sealed and send the Afghan refugees back to their country because now they can move to their homes easily.

Aimal Feb 21, 2017 01:45pm

Now Pakistan can really come up with a strong resolve to uproot the terror together with the two neighbours.

Raj kumar g raj khedwal Feb 21, 2017 01:49pm

@Ashfaq 100 % agree with you,for if we don't take action together this region may become another Syria/Iraq.

Faisal Feb 21, 2017 01:53pm

The Kabul Govt are sitting puppets who are speaking other people language. I believe it high time Pakistan needs to change its policy and attack the hide outs from where these attacks are being conducted. Also slowly but surely we need to send back each and every Afghan National living on our soil. I agree to shoot to kill orders for any Afghan crossing the border. Its high time our leaders need to wake up as enough lives are lost and enough blood is spilled.

Abdulla Hussain Feb 21, 2017 02:06pm

Leaders of Afghanistan have no agenda of their own, will only speak what others wants them to say. Pakistan should take a firm decision to seal its border including all commodities movement. Army should do combing operation across the country to flush out all terrorists & their operatives & well wishers.

lodhi Feb 21, 2017 02:03pm

Overwhelming indian support is whats costing Afghans so heavily.... they are caught in a proxy war which isnt going to go away anytime soon. Only way that Pakistan will ever take Afghans serisouly is if they're independent of indias influence which Pakistan, rightly, sees as a threat to its own national security. Do away with this unnatural friendship and lets people of Afghanistan live in peace. Lets be realistic

PECKCPEC Feb 21, 2017 02:13pm

@Qamar Ask an Afghani and they will say that Pakistanis have always sided with the US. Ports, roads, airbases all were at the disposal of US Armed forces. The Chinese engagement is just a eyewash. American and Pakistani relationship is like the one it has with Saudia. America will never leave Saudia and vice versa and never leave Pakistan for many reasons.

doppelgenger Feb 21, 2017 02:14pm

Afghanistan demanding something?

Afghanistan is not a country. It's a dysfunctional state. The one who is demand is the part of foreign occupation forces' puppet regime.

I believe Pakistan should keep the pressure on and strike in Afghanistan at its own will wherever and whenever it finds a terror target inside its territory.

Barak Feb 21, 2017 02:18pm

People of AF-PAK have the right to life. Please exhange the terrorist & destroy the camps under the supervision of QCG or a UN team. No to terrorist sancturies.

asad Feb 21, 2017 02:31pm

Its right time to send afghan refugee back to home, country like afghanistan and iran which plays in hands of India should be treated accordingly.

Mohammad S. Khalid Feb 21, 2017 02:36pm


US did the mistake to take them lightly.

Arshad Feb 21, 2017 02:41pm

After that Pakistan realized that all that happening is grown by us........... It,s the reaction....

Hayder Feb 21, 2017 02:46pm

@Philosopher(from japan) what will happen to Pakistani exports, Afghanistan is the biggest market for Pakistan many goods are exported without documents therefore it is showing less then what is actually is

Pramod sharma Feb 21, 2017 02:52pm

The day will come soon when Afghanistan becomes super power and all round development in country in education and science than Pakistan ,

IG Feb 21, 2017 02:55pm

Millions of Afghanees are in Pakistan and still they asking for Pakistan to act, these are those Afghanees who crossing the border and come again. if Pak tell them to go then again they are crying with the behaviour with refugees. they need to come clean what they want. half of afghanistan is occupied by Taliban, but they are good, they dont do anything, whatever is done there is done by Pakistan, very strange!! MR. Ghani!!

timetostopthis Feb 21, 2017 03:02pm

Their reply is very reasonable. Pakistan should take action to comply with their demands.

timetostopthis Feb 21, 2017 03:01pm

Now let us see how Pakistan responds to Afghanistans very legitimate concerns.

timetostopthis Feb 21, 2017 03:03pm

Ball is in your court now Pakistan.

timetostopthis Feb 21, 2017 03:05pm

Keep blaming each other. In the meantime the terrorists win.

Asim Feb 21, 2017 03:05pm

Afghan govt. has started playing dirty politics. They know that they have safe havens for thousands of hardcore terrorists, instead of taking action against them, they have started hide and seek.

Bitter truth Feb 21, 2017 03:06pm

For allll above friends who says send afghan refugees back and lock the border.... Etc.etc. look keep in mind that your future is in hands of afghan.. ie if you close your border for their economic trade your dream cpec trade cannot pass through central Asia... Keep in mind and make comments with little sense

N Gujaranwala Feb 21, 2017 03:06pm

@YAKUB lahori U can't save yourself from the mess by simply saying 'Pak Zindabad' . The country has to show now the maturity and statesmanship by cooperating with Afghanistan and wiping out all terrorists including so called bad and good whatever. Let peace prevail for ever in south asian countries.

MuShahid Feb 21, 2017 03:04pm

If Pak shows sincerity in acting against its list, Afghan will act against Pak's list. That is a fair demand. It is upto Pak now...

Taimoor khan Feb 21, 2017 03:09pm

About time for some serious action by Pakistan.

Genghis Khan Feb 21, 2017 03:11pm

Their demand is just. Afghan Taliban are given shelter in Pakistan; Pakistan Taliban are given shelter in Afghanistan. If Pakistan do not cooperate, you cannot expect cooperation from Afghanistan.

Genghis Khan Feb 21, 2017 03:12pm

@naqeeb , You are right. If Pakistan cooperate, Afghanistan will also cooperate.

IG Feb 21, 2017 03:17pm

@Bitter truth Who told you CPEC is passing through Afghanistan ?

salmoon naseem Feb 21, 2017 03:19pm

we should hand over all the Afgani refugee to them sorry all refugee to them

GK (Netherlands) Feb 21, 2017 03:46pm

Now soon we all will come face to face with the true face of terrorism, their facilitators and financiers . Let us wait & watch

kashif parvez Feb 21, 2017 03:54pm

These afghani are spreading terrorism all over the world..their country is turning into Syria..and they want to blame our peace loving country for everything wrong in their Nation..We should send them back home as they are feeding from us.

Arif Feb 21, 2017 04:05pm

That clearly shows that Afghanis are harboring terrorists for their gain.

Abdulla Hussain Feb 21, 2017 04:18pm

Pakistan should tighten the rope internally and care less what Afghanistan is talking now because the afghan leader is just reading what is being scripted by others. The Afghan government will only become independent when Afghan Taliban are included in the government with full representation.

Shaukat Ali Khan Feb 21, 2017 04:27pm

Pakistan must stop all dialogue with Afghanistan. Seal border for six months to ensure no cross border complaints from either side.

ShJ Feb 21, 2017 04:31pm

Time to walk the talk on Afghanistan and Terrorism.

Temo Shanko Feb 21, 2017 04:34pm

@Haroon ,....why not do the same on your eastern border. Please for God sake stop terrorism and work for peace and prosperity in the region.

Muhammad Iqbal Feb 21, 2017 04:53pm

Exchange of list of terrorists between Afghanistan and Afghanistan exposes the weakness of both governments. They can't order each other. They can't compromise. Very tricky situation like of North and South korea who are foes at UN but neighbours on map . You have to sustain and no option.

Viking Star Feb 21, 2017 05:01pm

The Afghan president who does not even have control over capital Kabul cant be demanding such a thing.

Viking Star Feb 21, 2017 05:14pm

@Swaroop .... Whatever aid Pakistan might be getting in terms of Afghan refugees, we are at loss atleast by 4 folds. What we are getting in return by these Afghans is guns, terror blasts, and drugs. Moreover, none of the Afghan refugee is a contributor to the welfare of Pakistan (as in case of immigrants in other parts of the world). Each one of them is illiterate and problem causing.

Shahzad Feb 21, 2017 05:37pm

Its a good trade. Pakistan should accept it.

Azhar Hussain Feb 21, 2017 05:51pm

Pakistan should hand over more than 2 million afghans living in Pakistan. Take them

MUHAMMAD Feb 21, 2017 06:16pm

@Vaidyanathan "Afghanistan is really great. Great people"

Well ur history books say something else.

Dr. Ramesh Sharma Feb 21, 2017 06:30pm

@Mirza Ghalib Very good idea. That is exactly what will be in benefit of everybody. This way everybody can live in peace.

narejo Feb 21, 2017 06:31pm

It was expected. Afghan taliban are globally accepted stakeholders of afghan peace process and have strength matching or exceeding afghan govt in all spheres.

Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Feb 21, 2017 06:35pm

@sid Excellent sir. If India pakistan and Afganistan work together hole heartedly all out standing differences will be resolved within a week and this part of world will definitely be heaven on earth. Tourism Industry will flourish beyond expectation.

Ths Feb 21, 2017 06:38pm

Pakistan and Afghanistan should work together and consult Russia,Iran and Iraq ,Syria and Lebanon as ISIS is gaining foothold in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Ths Feb 21, 2017 06:39pm

Very important to work with Afghanistan as ISIS is establishing in both countries.

Ths Feb 21, 2017 06:44pm

Pakistan and Afghanistan should shut down extremists institutions and schools which are funded by Saudi and Qatar .

Hamaad Feb 21, 2017 06:53pm

Afghanistan taking dictation from its Indian masters

Ali Feb 21, 2017 07:40pm

Pakistan and Afghanistan must conduct joint military operations in the most difficult border region in the world. This is the only this which was missing in the longest and costliest US and NATO war in history, after 15 years and over a trillion dollars. The US must help coordinate this between Pakistan and Afghanistan for regional and world peace. There is no other way to win this devastating war.

Fareed N Feb 21, 2017 07:46pm

Hurrah , exchange of prisoners at Torkham , alas it won't happen.Because both countries are incapable of handling this tall order.

Philosopher(from japan) Feb 21, 2017 08:56pm

@Hayder make a slight correction bro. The trade you are referring is not called 'exports without documentation' its called smuggling which is also harmful for Pakistan in respect of loss of duty and taxes.

Shenanigans Feb 21, 2017 09:42pm

@Indese go ahead

Shenanigans Feb 21, 2017 09:51pm

@point of view dont know them

sukhera Feb 22, 2017 07:29am

@Ali.I agree with you that if we want to eliminate terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we have to work together.This is the only way we can defeat them.The Afghan and Pakistan border is mountainous terrain and very porous.These extremist groups go back and forth after committing terrorist acts. Most of the rural areas where Pakistani Taliban live are not under the Afghan govt control. In order to eliminate these groups,we need to coordinate our operations with Afghan govt if we really want peace/progress in our country.Every time there is an attack on Pakistani soil, immediately we start arresting Afghan people without any evidence of crime or wrongdoing.We start designating the entire population of Afghans as potential terrorists.Most of these people came as refugees in the 70's or were born on Pakistani soil.If we want these people on our side, let us not harass them without any evidence of crime.Let us not give sanctuary to the extremists and let us hand them over to Afghans.

Pakistani Feb 22, 2017 08:13am

@sahid_kashmiri oh really and where did u get those statistics from? Let Afghanistan keep their people and the aid too.

Shiraj Feb 22, 2017 09:14am

A valid point from afghnistan. Pakistan should eliminate these Terrorist and shut camps. Will Pakistan?

Sudhakar USA Feb 22, 2017 09:25am

@Haroon : Yes, send them deep...they will be buried deep under ground in Afghanistan.

Amigo Feb 22, 2017 11:26am

like it or not... but the west and China should be blamed for the mess in this region because they sell ammo to some brainless people just for the sake of some dollars...!!