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Pak dumped N-waste in Afghanistan: Afghan minister

KABUL: Afghan Parliamentary Affairs Minister Farooq Wardak claims that Pakistan has dumped its nuclear waste in Kandahar and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan. Wardak says they have evidence indicating that Pakistan dumped its nuclear waste in Afghanistan during the rule of the Taliban. “The waste was buried in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand,” Farooq Wardak was quoted as saying by the BBC.

According to the BBC the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that the government in Kabul was to constitute a commission soon to probe into the alleged dumping of nuclear waste by Pakistan in the provinces.The minister said he did not know how much waste was dumped in Afghanistan or for how long the practice had continued.

Wardag added he did not know the exact nature of the evidence. A Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman said he could not comment until the Afghan government made an official statement about the allegations. The circumstances of the Taliban’s emergence remained a mystery. Despite repeated denials, Pakistan, a US ally, has been considered as one of the mentors of the group.

The Taliban were in power in Afghanistan from 1996 until they were overthrown in 2001. It is pertinent to mention that relations of Taliban with Pakistan were friendly when they were in power. However, Pakistan took a u-turn on its policy regarding Afghanistan after 9/11.-SANA

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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