ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has rejected the Indian media reports that Pakistan helped the Taliban in the attack on Panjshir.
“The Indian media used a video game to demonstrate that Pakistan is helping the attack on Panjshir,” he said talking to BBC World News. He termed the Indian media reports a pack of lies based on stories of their movies.
When asked about the visit of Inter Services Intelligence Director General LT General Faiz Hamid to Kabul, Fawad Chaudhry said in the absence of any formal government in Kabul, intelligence network created an informal framework to discuss impending issues.
He said Pakistan has some deep issues with Afghanistan including the expansion of the Islamic State as well as the issue of Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan and the refugees.
The information minister said Pakistan’s engagement with Taliban enabled the US-Taliban negotiations and then helped in evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul. He said our engagement with the Taliban had also been appreciated by the world community.
Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said Pakistan was the worst sufferer of the Afghan conflict. He said we suffered eighty thousand casualties and a loss of 150 billion dollars to economy.
A day ago, the newly formed government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan had also rubbished claims of any Pakistani “interference” in either Panjshir or in the formation of the new government.
“The interference from Pakistan is a rumour that has been propagated during last 20 years,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the Spokesman and the new Information Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan had said at a presser in Kabul Tuesday evening.
“We do not allow interference. We act with complete freedom and we were able to fight the world countries which were occupying our country,” he had said in response to a question after announcing the new interim Afghan government set up in Kabul.