BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI
ISLAMABAD – Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir on Tuesday said that Pakistan has rejected the declaration released by member countries at the BRICS Summit, and asserted there are no ‘safe havens’ for terrorists in Pakistan.
Khurram Dastgir expressed his views while addressing a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence, and claimed that 40% of Afghanistan is a safe hideout for militants.
The minister told that Pakistan’s defence is in strong hands, and unnecessary threats are being raised after US President Donald Trump’s statements against Pakistan.
Dastgir further stated that any wrong step of America can take this region towards instability. He also let it be known that Pakistan will soon clarify its policy regarding Rohingya Muslims.
In response to a question regarding the BRICS’ leaders summit document, Foreign Office spokesman said that Pakistan is also seriously concerned about the threat posed by terrorism and extremism in the South Asian region.
Many terrorist groups based in the region, including in Afghanistan, such as the TTP and its associates like Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) have been responsible for extreme acts of violence against Pakistani people.
“We are deeply concerned at the presence of groups like Daesh, ETIM and IMU in the ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan as they pose a threat to peace and security in the region,” the spokesman said.
“Pakistan also remains concerned at the rise of extremist ideologies and intolerance in the region encouraging social stratification and systematic targeting of minorities.”