Taliban entered Pakistan on condition: Aizaz Chaudhry

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 22:40 hrs

Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) Islamabad's newly-appointed envoy to the US Aizaz Chaudhry on Thursday said 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 was quoted by Dawn, 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.

--IANS

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