Afghanistan

Pakistani army chief urges Taliban to fulfill Doha Agreement commitments

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir said on Friday the Taliban need to stick to its commitments made in 2020 in line with the Doha Agreement and not let Afghanistan’s soil be used to plot terror attacks against other countries.

Visiting Quetta Garrison in Pakistan on Friday, where Munir met with soldiers wounded in the recent Zhob attack, he said the Armed Forces of Pakistan have serious concerns on the safe havens and liberty of action available to Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) in Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued by Pakistan’s IPR, Munir said it is expected that the “interim Afghan Government would not allow the use of its soil to perpetrate terror against any country, in the real sense and in line with commitments made in the Doha Agreement.”

He also said: “The involvement of Afghan nationals in acts of terrorism in Pakistan is another important concern that needs to be addressed. Such attacks are intolerable and would elicit effective response from the Security Forces of Pakistan.”

Munir stated that operations against terrorists would continue unabated and the Pakistani “Armed Forces shall not rest until the menace of terrorism is rooted out from the country.”

On Wednesday, at least 12 Pakistani soldiers and seven militants were killed in two attacks and operations in the Zhob and Sui areas of the Balochistan province.

Later Munir departed for a two-day visit to Iran where, according to the military, he will meet with Iran’s military and civilian leadership and discuss bilateral matters related to defense and security cooperation.