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Pakistan Accuses Afghanistan of Supporting Terrorists

02 August 2014 

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Saturday claimed that the Pakistani government has tried to cover up its own illegal activities by launching accusations that Afghanistan lends support to terrorism. 

Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni, spokesman for the MoFA, said that recently Pakistan's Foreign Affairs officials summoned Afghan Embassy diplomats in Islamabad regarding the death of a Pakistani soldier, who they said was killed by militants based in Afghanistan. Pakistani officials have said that the soldier was killed in Bajaur as a result of shooting that originated across the border. 

Mustaghni called the Pakistani claim baseless, and maintained that Islamabad has not been honest in fighting the terrorist groups that operate out of the border region shared by the two countries. 

This week police and local officials of eastern Nangarhar province accused Pakistani intelligence of being involved in a Taliban attack on the Hesarak district of the province. The spokesman for the MoFA confirmed those accusations have been made, and said the issue would be handled through diplomatic channels. 

Afghan analysts have been critical of Pakistan in its efforts fighting against terrorist groups, which many still believe elements within the Pakistani military still support. 

"If Afghanistan had documented missile attacks from Pakistan and had presented it to the Security Council of the United Nations, Pakistan would have never dared to tie such blames to Afghanistan," political analyst Mir Ahmad Joyenda told TOLOnews. 

Pakistan has repeatedly been accused of supporting terrorism in its tribal areas, but now, in a break from the norm, allegations of such activities have been lobbied against Afghanistan from Islamabad. With diplomatic ties strained between the two countries, and frequent cross-border attacks continuing, long sought cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan in fighting the regional menace of militancy could not look more out of reach.