HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The concern was expressed by John Kirby, the press secretary of the Pentagon, in a news briefing
  • · Kirby maintained that the US had all rights to conduct airstrikes in Afghanistan in order to curb terrorism, in spite of the fact that its ground troops have left the country over a month ago
  • · The press secretary said that Pakistan neighboring countries of Afghanistan must maintain its responsibilities in terms of dealing with terrorism

On Thursday, the US claimed to have “honest concerns” about the fact that Pakistan was becoming a safe home for terrorists. The Pentagon on this day claimed that its angst has not been invalid yet. John Kirby, the Pentagon Press secretary, maintained in a news briefing that Pakistan must behave responsibly in terms of dealing with terrorism in “that part of the world”.

Kirby has also said that it was not unrighteous for the US to conduct airstrikes in Afghanistan in order to curb terrorism, in spite of the fact that its ground troops have left the country for over a month now, following a 20-year war. “We’ve been very honest about our concerns with Pakistan for a long time, about the safe heavens that exist on their side of the border along that spine. And those concerns are still valid today,” said the press secretary.

He has further said that the US was maintaining contacts with their counterparts in Pakistan in order to make sure that being a neighboring country of Afghanistan, it continues to maintain its “equities and responsibilities”.

The secretary believed “it’s important to continue to remind that the Pakistani people, likewise, have been rendered victim by terrorist threats that emanate from those groups and along that same border.”

Pakistan from a long time has faced charges of sheltering terrorist outfits like al Qaeda from political sectors across the world. In recent times, the Ashraf Ghani government of Afghanistan, which was overthrown by the Taliban on 15th August 2021, has expressed its concerns about Islamabad providing Taliban with required help including medical facilities.

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