White House Statement on Afghan Citizens: The White House has said that there is no indication that Afghan refugees in Pakistan or people living on the border with Afghanistan are involved in terrorist incidents after Pakistan accused Afghan citizens of being involved in terrorist activities.
White House National Security Spokesman John Kirby said that it is not right on behalf of Islamabad to accuse Afghan citizens of participating in terrorist activities and creating instability. He told that there are no indications of involvement of Afghan refugees living on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan in terrorist activities.
Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif had said two days ago, “It was a big mistake to allow Afghan refugees to settle in Pakistan amid increasing terrorist attacks in the country.” Asif also said, “The current situation has raised concerns regarding the facilities provided to Afghan refugees”.
Afghan citizens accused of involvement in terrorist activities
Khwaja Asif said that Pakistan had to bear the consequences of providing shelter and facilities to Afghan refugees. He also accused Afghan citizens of being involved in terrorist activities, which Kirby commented on in a press conference on Monday (July 17) that Afghan refugees living in Pakistan or on its border with Afghanistan are involved in terrorist activities. There are no visible signs of joining.
3 lakh Afghans came to Pakistan
Asif had said on Saturday (July 15) that the previous government led by Imran Khan had made very serious mistakes during its tenure. Asif told that three lakh Afghans were brought to Pakistan, while 500,000 Afghan migrants are already present in Pakistan.
John Kirby said that America appreciates Pakistan for helping such a large number of Afghan citizens. “The US will continue to work with Pakistan to address the challenges of terrorism,” he added.
Top Pakistani army officials on Monday (July 17) said in the context of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, “The increase in terrorist attacks in the neighboring country by providing shelter and new weapons to the terrorists of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)”. are one of the reasons for”.
However, he did not name the neighboring country. Last week, Pakistan accused neighboring Afghanistan of harboring the banned TTP on its soil.
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