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India using Afghan soil to attack Pakistan: Sartaj

12 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD - Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that India is using Afghan soil to carry out attacks on Pakistan, however, adding that Indian involvement had decreased since the adoption of a joint Pak-Afghan policy to not to let their soils be used against each other.

In a TV interview, he said that since the formation of the Modi government, the Indian stance on Kashmir issue was non-cooperative. "The stance of the previous governments in India was subtle, but the Modi-led government said that if Pakistan is to maintain good ties with India, then it should compromise on Kashmir," he said, adding that India wanted resumption of dialogue on its own terms and conditions which were not acceptable to Pakistan. He said that Pakistan still wanted to establish better ties with India, adding that when the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) came into power following the May 2013 elections, national security and better relations with neighbouring countries were foremost on the government's agenda.

The adviser admitted that Pakistan's previously formulated strategies on national security had not been effective. "To maintain sovereignty and national security, the present government has decided not to interfere in other countries' internal matters; instead Pakistan looks forward to establishing better relations with others," he said. Responding to a question on extremism, he said that Pakistan's policy to tackle the scourge of extremism and militancy was clear, adding that there would be no differentiation between 'good' and 'bad' Taliban. He said that after the December 16 deadly attack on Peshawar's Army Public School, Pakistan's civil and military leadership were on the same page.

He also said that Afghan forces would carry out operations against extremists operating from the Afghan soil. "There has been a paradigm shift in Afghanistan and Pakistan's policies, and it has been decided to monitor the movement of extremists along the border and stop their activities," the adviser said. He said that Ashraf Ghani's government in Afghanistan would be responsible for controlling the situation on their soil. "Pakistan cannot be at peace while there is unrest in Afghanistan."


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