‘Pakistan in contact with Taliban for national security’
RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar has said that some leading international and Indian media outlets published and aired fake news stories in an attempt to propagate Pakistan’s interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.
He said the manner in which Indian journalists and media outlets spread lies regarding the Panjshir conflict exposed that they relied on fabricated and concocted information.
Major General Babar said Pakistan is confident that the Taliban would fulfil their commitment of not allowing any terrorist organisation to use Afghan soil against any country including Pakistan.
DG ISPR said Pakistan is in constant contact with Afghan Taliban officials to protect the country’s national security.
He said that Pakistan has also urged the Afghan Taliban to form an inclusive government comprising all ethnicities including Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbek.
On September 14, the United States had refused to lift sanctions on Taliban, but agreed to provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable Afghans.
Addressing a senate committee in Washington, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken did not only speak about sanctions on Taliban but also pledged on behalf of his country to continue humanitarian aid to the Afghan people through United Nations and NGOs.
Meanwhile, the United States intelligence agencies had warned that al-Qaeda can re-group in Afghanistan within the next one to two years and attack America.
Speaking at a conference in Washington, the Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier had said the DIA was thinking about to get into Afghanistan with all kinds of sources and accesses.
On the occasion, FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate had said, “We don’t have any specific credible threat information about violence that may occur there.”
Afghan interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had urged the international community to extend cooperation in all sectors, including education, health, and socio-economic infrastructure in Afghanistan, and not to link their assistance with their political objectives.