Pak denies involvement of intelligence in Afghanistan suicide attack

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Islamabad, Sep 25 (UNI) Rubbishing the allegations ina United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report about the involvement of its Intelligence officials in suicide attacks, Pakistan today said such claims denigrated its efforts in war against terrorism.

''This is absurd,'' foreign ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam today said, adding that UNAMA has no understanding of the efforts taken by Pakistan to counter terrorism in its own national interest.

''The international community must respect our sacrifices in the martyrdom of more than 1000 troops, before maligning Pakistan's institutions,'' she added.

It was highly irresponsible of a UN agency to prepare and publish reports of this nature without having a proper understanding of the situation, she said that the report also mixed extraneous issues, such as a minister's reported statement on 'Islamophobia', with the situation in Afghanistan.

This was beyond the accepted norms of behaviour by a UN agency, she stressed.

Ms Aslam said the UNAMA's mandate was to support the process of rebuilding and national reconciliation in Afghanistan, adding that the preparation and publication of the report in question was beyond its mandate and raised questions about its motive.

''The report is based on sources known to be habitually critical of Pakistan's policies,'' she said, adding that it was incomprehensible that UNAMA should have adopted these views without scrutiny.

The report alleged that there were sanctuaries for Taliban in Pakistan but did not mention that they were often nestled in the Afghan Refugee camps along the border, Ms Aslam said.

It is for this reason that Pakistan has decided to close these camps. The closure of these camps is being delayed because of inexplicable reluctance, including on the part of the UN agencies, to facilitate the refugees' return to Afghanistan, she added.

UNI

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