Pakistan’s political and military leadership on Monday vowed not to allow “any country” to harbor militants who carry out attacks on the country, possibly referring to neighboring Afghanistan.

This is stated in a statement by the Pakistani government against the backdrop of an escalation of attacks by the Pakistani Taliban, many of whose militants are hiding in neighboring Afghanistan.

Attacks have also increased across Pakistan, especially in the northwest of the country close to the border with Afghanistan.

The statement also came at the end of a lengthy meeting of the Pakistan National Security Committee in the presence of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, newly appointed Army Chief General Asim Munir and other officials.

According to a government statement, the committee pledged to have “zero tolerance for terrorism in Pakistan” and fight the militants using “all the forces of the state”.

The announcement came two weeks after Pakistani special forces killed more than two dozen Pakistani Taliban-linked detainees in a raid after cracking down on guards at a counterterrorism center in northwest Pakistan and killing three captives.

Before the rescue operation began, the detainees demanded safe passage to Afghanistan, but the government refused.

It is noteworthy that the Pakistani Taliban stands apart from their Afghan counterpart, who took power in Afghanistan last year, but is in alliance with him.

Source: Associated Press

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