KABUL: The Afghan Foreign Ministry has summoned the charge-de-affairs of the Pakistani Embassy to Afghanistan and lodged a protest over the remarks of Pakistani militants’ leaders, a statement of the ministry said. “The foreign ministry described the remarks of Pakistani militants’ leaders Mullah Nazir and Mullah Hafiz Gul Bahadir as intervention to the internal affairs of Afghanistan and called on the Pakistani government to check such irresponsible remarks,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the above Pakistani militants’ leaders had vowed to continue Jihad or holy war in Afghanistan. In the statement, the Afghan foreign ministry termed such remarks as irresponsible and violation of all international norms, calling on Islamabad to punish such elements. The Afghan government often accuses Pakistan of supporting Taliban militants and providing shelter to them while Islamabad terms such allegations baseless and rejects. More than 80,000 troops, according to Pakistani authority, have been deployed in tribal areas close to the Afghan border to curb militancy in the region.-SANA