Islamabad: There aren’t any “safe havens” for terror teams in Pakistan “right now”, Prime Minister Imran Khan mentioned on Monday whereas acknowledging publicly that it was probably not the case earlier.
Addressing a global convention marking 40 years of internet hosting Afghan refugees within the nation, he mentioned Pakistan seeks peace in Afghanistan and instability within the war-torn neighbouring nation was not in its curiosity.
Khan’s assertion on terror secure havens got here because the Monetary Motion Activity Power, the worldwide anti-money laundering watchdog, started a vital assembly in Paris the place Pakistan is attempting to wriggle out of being blacklisted for not doing sufficient to fight terror financing.
America, India and Afghanistan have lengthy accused Pakistan of offering secure havens to terror teams just like the Taliban, the Haqqani community, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
“I can tell you that there are no safe havens here,” Khan mentioned at a convention right here, additionally attended by UN Secretary Basic Antonio Guterres.
“Whatever the situation might have been in the past, right now, I can tell you… there is one thing we want: peace in Afghanistan.” Khan mentioned.
He admitted that it was attainable that such secure heavens have been working within the nation after 9/11 within the Afghan refugee camps, The Information reported.
“How is the government capable of checking how militants operate from the camps,” Khan mentioned, including that it was not attainable as a result of the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan have had a inhabitants of over 100,000.
Prime Minister Khan’s assertion got here after Afghanistan’s second vp, Sarwar Danish accused Pakistan of permitting the Taliban to recruit new fighters from Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan to launch assaults in his nation.
Whereas Pakistan can’t absolutely assure that no Taliban militants are hiding among the many enormous variety of Afghans residing in Pakistan, Khan mentioned his authorities had finished all it will probably to stop assaults in Afghanistan, together with by constructing a border fence.
The entire nation is on the identical web page on Afghanistan, he mentioned, including that beforehand it was mentioned that the federal government and the nation’s safety forces weren’t on the identical web page. Nevertheless, this was not the case now, he mentioned.
He highlighted that Pakistan was not looking for peace in Afghanistan as a result of it has been internet hosting 1.four million Afghan refugees, however as a result of the individuals of Afghanistan deserve peace.
Earlier, Earlier, United Nations Secretary Basic Antonio Guterres in his tackle said that the individuals of Pakistan for 40 years have responded with generosity in internet hosting the Afghan refugees.
“Even though major conflict has erupted in some other part of the world; Pakistan is still the second largest refugee host. I am struck by the extraordinary solidarity and compassion,” he mentioned.
On the identical time, he urged the worldwide group to step up assist for Pakistan in tackling the issue of Afghan refugees.
“The global community must step up,” Guterres mentioned.