CNN, December 18, 2014
Afghanistan is ready to collaborate in the fight against the Taliban, the Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday in an exclusive interview. Abdullah’s remarks came as mass funerals got underway for the 145 victims, most of them children, of Tuesday’s massacre carried out by the Taliban at a school for the children of those in the military in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
The “sincere and genuine cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan will help” tackle the terrorist threat, Abdullah said, adding that “there is a new phase of relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.” “There is not doubt that [the] Afghan government believes that terrorism, radicalism is a common threat. If there is anything that we can do to prevent people crossing to our side of the border and making use of our territory, we will not hesitate.”
Abdullah also said that Afghanistan “never made any distinction between good terrorists and bad terrorists,” referring to Pakistan’s alleged support for militant groups.