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Spend aid on combating terror, Islamabad asked

Spend aid on combating terror, Islamabad asked

Dec 04, 2016 - 12:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday blasted Pakistaninfo-icon for exporting terror and providing shelter to militants staging attacks in his conflict-devastated country.

Addressing the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar, the president called cross-border terrorism a grave concern. "We need aid to fight the scourge."

He believed the $500 million promised by Pakistan for Afghanistaninfo-icon’s reconstructioninfo-icon could be better utilised combating terrorism.

In a blunt rebuke to Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz, who is also participating in the event, the president said: “This amount, Mr. Aziz, can be spent on containing extremism."

Some countries were still providingsafe havens for terrorists, Ghani said in a not-so-veiled reference to Pakistan. He claimed a Talibaninfo-icon leader recently admitted if they had no sanctuary in Pakistan, they would not last a month," Ghani said.

While seeking clarificationson what Pakistan was doing to prevent the export of terror, Ghani stressed: "We must demonstrate a strong collective will to defeat terror networks that cause bloodshed and fear.”

Inaction on the issue in Afghanistan and the region would only embolden terrorists and their sponsors, he argued, calling for concerted actions against such networks.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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