Terror incidents increased since establishment of interim Afghan govt: PM Kakar

Terror incidents increased since establishment of interim Afghan govt: PM Kakar

Islamabad (Web Desk): Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Wednesday said that there has been 60% increase in terror acts in Pakistan since the establishment of interim Afghan government and the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) operating from Afghanistan is behind these cowardly attacks.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, the premier said Pakistan expects the Afghan government take all possible steps for the elimination of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) hideouts and training camps on its soil.

PM Kakar said that the interim Afghan government must ensure the terrorist outfits do not use the Afghan soil for their sordid designs.

He pointed out that the region is at an important crossroads, emphasizing the need for mutual cooperation to root out terrorism.

PM Kakar also demanded of the Afghan government to extradite Pakistanis residing illegally in Afghanistan and engaged in terrorist activities within Pakistan.

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar strongly regretted the threatening statements made by some Afghan leaders in the wake of Pakistan's decision to repatriate illegal foreign nationals including Afghan nationals. He said these irresponsible and misleading statements are contributing to vitiating the environment.

The prime minister noted with concern the surge in terror acts in Pakistan following the Afghan statements.

The prime minister said that regardless of assurances, the interim Afghan government did not take necessary measures against the terrorist outfits rather clear evidences have also surfaced of facilitating them.

Alluding to the generous hosting of millions of Afghans by Pakistan for over four decades, he said the very statements on the part of Afghan leaders have hurt the sentiments of proud Pakistani people.

"Our steps for repatriation of illegal foreign nationals including Afghans are neither unexpected nor surprising," the premier said.

"These illegal aliens have the biggest role in stoking unrest in Pakistan," PM Kakar said, adding that around 2267 innocent Pakistanis have been killed in terror acts over the last two years.

He said the Afghan nationals were also involved in terror and suicide acts in Pakistan.

This is the reason that the government decided to repatriate the illegal foreign nationals from October November 1.

PM Kakar maintained that Pakistan has the legal and moral prerogative to repatriate the illegal foreign nationals, stressing there will be no backtracking on this policy.

He said that said all state institutions have made best possible arrangements at Torkham, Chaman and other border areas to ensure the dignified return of the illegal Afghan nationals.

The premier said we also expect the interim Afghan government to take appropriate steps on the pattern of Pakistan on their side of the border for the facilitation of the returnees.

PM Kakar also highlighted that the registered Afghan refugees are free to live and do business in Pakistan.

Responding to a question, the prime minister said about 252,000 illegal aliens have voluntarily returned to their homeland.

He said that Pakistan encourages the voluntarily return in a dignified manner.

To another question, PM Kakar said that our security forces are vigilant and capable to effectively deal with the scourge of terrorism.