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Pakistan suffered 'tremendously', has right to defend itself from terrorism: US

  • US calls on Taliban to uphold commitment to ensure Afghan soil is never again used as a launchpad for international terrorist attacks
Published January 4, 2023

Pakistan has the right to defend itself from terrorism, the US has said, adding that Islamabad has suffered "tremendously from terrorist attacks".

During a press briefing, US State Department's Spokesman Ned Price was asked a question related to a Pakistani National Security Committee (NSC) meeting in which it resolved to take strict action against terrorists and also recommended taking crucial steps to curb rising unrest in the country.

"We’re aware of the recent statement by NSC. The Pakistani people have suffered tremendously from terrorist attacks. Pakistan has a right to defend itself from terrorism," Price said.

Meanwhile, Price called on the Taliban to uphold their commitment to ensure Afghan soil is never again used as a launchpad for international terrorist attacks.

"These are among the very commitments that the Taliban have been unable or unwilling to fulfill to date," he said.

NSC meeting

Pakistan has been witnessing an increase in terror activities since the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said they had called off the shaky ceasefire agreed with the government and ordered fighters to stage attacks across the country.

On December 18, more than 30 members of the TTP held several officers hostage, after breaking free from custody and seizing a police station in Bannu, KPK, officials said.

The militants overpowered their jailers and snatched weapons.

The NSC on Monday was apprised on the security situation of the country with a particular focus on recent terrorist incidents in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

The forum concluded that no country will be allowed to provide sanctuaries and facilitation to terrorists and Pakistan reserves all rights in that respect to safeguard her people.

The NSC reiterated its resolve to have zero tolerance for terrorism in Pakistan and reaffirmed its determination to take on any and all entities that resort to violence, according to a statement of the PM House issued after the meeting.

“The forum concluded that no country will be allowed to provide sanctuaries and facilitation to terrorists and Pakistan reserves all rights in that respect to safeguard her people,” said the statement in an apparent warning to the Afghan interim government without naming it.

Taliban govt issued stern warning

Afghanistan responds

Meanwhile, in a presser, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah stated that Pakistan may target the TTP militants in Afghanistan “if authorities in Kabul did not take any action against them”.

“The Ministry of National Defence, considers as provocative and baseless, (the) recent speeches of the Pakistani interior minister about the presence of TTP in Afghanistan and their possible attack inside Afghanistan. It damages the good relations between the two neighbouring and brotherly countries with such claims by Pakistani officials despite the existence of evidence indicating that the TTP centres are inside Pakistan. We request that any concerns and problems should be resolved through understanding,” the Afghan Defence Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

“Afghanistan is not without its masters, as always, we are ready to defend the territorial integrity and independence of our homeland, and it is mentionable we have a better experience than anyone in defending and protecting our country,” the Afghan Defence Ministry further stated in response to Interior Minister Sanaullah’s statement.


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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Jan 04, 2023 12:46pm
No lesson learned by Pakistan establishment from 40 years of someone else in own backyard. US left from Afghanistan to let Pakistan get the bloodshed in each house at border and countrywide in Pakistan. PDM & handlers have some sanity, how long you will live on war money? when will you build your own real economic growth?
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Hasnain Raza ` Jan 04, 2023 01:50pm
US Government always wanted that Pakistan should be against the Taliban. The hands of Pakistan should always in blood and all the damage should be carried by the Pakistan because they know the Government is puppet of them It is time that we should stand up and make our decisions.
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Dr Javwad Malik Jan 04, 2023 01:55pm
@Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani), we'll do that once you come back and start staying in this country. Are you paying any taxes, by the way? Or is it a free advice?
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Jan 04, 2023 04:13pm
@Dr Javwad Malik , You better be literate before putting Dr. before your name.
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Dr Javwad Malik Jan 04, 2023 05:09pm
@Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani), please check the dictionary before you decide upon literacy. However, you may doubt my qualification. Also, please pay income tax in Pakistan.
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Ashfaq Jan 04, 2023 05:27pm
@Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani), you write overseas as if its a big deal....grow up
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P.C (Non Overseas Pakistani) Jan 04, 2023 05:43pm
useless discussion...dont you folks have anything to do/....pointless people,...talking about pointless things
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Doc Asad Jan 04, 2023 07:28pm
Now that the Boss has given the blessing, time for the loyal and faithful Govt and Establishment to go ahead finally. :)
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Faisal Jan 04, 2023 11:47pm
Afghan leadership while claiming their achievements don't forget the role of our brave and intelligent pak army our army and nation know the art how to defend and protect our country
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Faisal Jan 04, 2023 11:51pm
@Hasnain Raza `, Afghanistan economy is based on drug trafficking it's the safe heaven for crimnals they should be handle
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