Pakistan’s Safe Havens for Terrorists the Cause of Unrest: US Official

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KABUL: John F. Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, has said that the US is discussing with Pakistan about terrorist groups’ safe havens within the Pakistani territory during a press release on Monday.

Kirby quoted in the press release, stated that “We continue to have conversations with Pakistani leadership about the safe havens that exist along that border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we’re mindful that — that those safe havens are only providing a source of more insecurity, more instability inside Afghanistan.”

“We’re not bashful about having that discussion with Pakistani leaders. We’re also mindful that Pakistan and the Pakistani people also are — fall victim to terrorist activities that emanate from that same region.”

The source said, “We all have a shared sense of — of the importance of closing down those safe havens and — and not allowing them to be used by the Taliban or other insurgent networks to sow discord. And again, we’re having that conversation with the Pakistanis all the time.”

According to him, “We want all neighboring countries, all neighboring countries, to — to not take actions that make the situation in Afghanistan more dangerous than it is already, and to continue to try to use international pressure to get a negotiated peaceful political settlement to this war.”

About the recent assisting operations in Afghanistan, he said, “[The US is] continuing to support them — and I assume you’re asking about airstrikes, I’m guessing? Because we are helping Afghan forces in a myriad of other ways.” “And as I said, nothing has changed about the fact that we have the authorities to do it throughout the drawdown,” he added.

Regarding the US’ future support to Afghan forces, Kirby said, “We have some capability to do it from obviously over the horizon, and the strikes that we have taken have all been from over the horizon. And we’ll continue to use those capabilities where and when feasible. It’s not always going to be feasible in every case. And the Taliban has been making advances; there’s no question.”

The secretary assured the press, saying, “The Afghans have capacity; they have the capability, they have a capable Air Force.”

This is while the Taliban has increased their territorial advances across Afghanistan, mainly in the northern region of the country.

The group has taken over five provincial capitals in the last 72 hours, leading to more concerns among the Afghan people about the future of their country.

Thousands of Afghans have been displaced and left homeless following the Taliban attacks on provincial capitals.