Pakistan sees Afghan Taliban offensive as an act of terror: PM
Nawaz Sharif said peace and stability in the region will remain elusive until terrorism is comprehensively addressed
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan sees Afghan Taliban offensive as an act of terror.
He was talking to newsmen in Kabul after meeting Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
He said any attempt by any militant or group to destabilise Afghanistan will be dealt with severely and such elements will be outlawed and hunted down.
He said in case of any terrorist activity, both the countries would take counter action in conjunction.
Nawaz Sharif said peace and stability in the region will remain elusive until terrorism is comprehensively addressed.
The Prime Minister expressed the confidence that Pakistan and Afghanistan would succeed in rooting out the menace under a comprehensive and coordinated strategy.
He reaffirmed Pakistan's full support for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process and assured President Ashraf Ghani of all possible efforts in this regard.
About talks with the Afghan leadership, the Prime Minister said both the sides agreed to continue their bilateral relations by following the principles of non-interference and not to allow use of their territories against each other.
He said expansion of trade, increasing investments, improvement of infrastructure, building road and rail links, and enhancing energy collaboration came under discussion.
The Prime Minister said he also stressed the need for fast-track progress on trans-regional energy projects to advance the goal of greater regional integration.
He also assured Pakistan's continued engagement with regional and international processes in support of Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister also reaffirmed his commitment to continue working with President Ashraf Ghani for prosperity and development of the two peoples.