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Stop blaming Islamabad for your failures in Afghanistan: Pakistan to US

Gen Bajwa asked the American leadership to instead search for the reasons for its failures in the war-torn country

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan, Pakistan army chief, Qamar Bajwa, Bajwa
Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa

chief Gen has claimed that there are no safe havens for terrorists in his country and asked the US to stop blaming Islamabad for its failure in

Gen Bajwa asked the American leadership to instead search for the reasons for its failures in the war-torn country.

Speaking at the three-day Munich Security Conference where military chiefs and civilian leaders have gathered to discuss the world's most pressing security issues, the chief yesterday categorically denied the existence of terrorist sanctuaries on the country's soil and recalled the steps taken to prevent unauthorised movements across the porous border, the Dawn reported.

Gen Bajwa said was being attacked from terrorist hideouts on Afghan soil. He also emphasised the need for repatriation of 2.7 million Afghan refugees currently residing in

Pointing to the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Islamic State safe havens, he said terrorists had established sanctuaries on the Afghan soil along the border with Pakistan.

Gen Bajwa said underscored the importance of cooperation against terrorism.

Speaking about the operations launched in the country against terrorists, he said that besides kinetic operations, a lot of emphasis had been put on cutting off their financial sources.

He said Pakistans counterterrorism operations were being carried out under a National Action Plan.

Last month, the suspended nearly USD 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan accusing the country of not doing enough in the fight against terrorism.

However, despite the US administration's tough stand against Islamabad, Pakistan has categorically denied the allegations of supporting terrorism.

First Published: Sun, February 18 2018. 16:49 IST