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Pakistan Concerned over Indian Nationals Joining al Qaeda

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) has raised concerns over the reports that Indian citizens are joining banned terrorist organization al Qaeda’s subcontinent wing.

FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal was speaking during a weekly press briefing on Friday.

Dr Faisal said that emergence of terrorist organisations like Islamic State (IS) and al Qaeda reflects that terrorism has no roots.

FO spokesman maintained that IS was not only a threat for Afghanistan but to Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and Central Asian states among the entire region. He added that full cooperation from all the countries is needed to cope with this emerging threat.

Dr Faisal raised concerns over Pakistani nationals being abducted in Afghanistan. He also highlighted the issue of Afghan soil being used against Pakistan in the briefing.

“We are highlighting the issue of Afghan soil being used against Pakistan with the Afghanistan government.”

He maintained that Da’ish, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar among other terrorist groups had safe havens in Afghanistan.

To a question about Indian army chief’s statement, Dr Faisal termed his statement ‘irresponsible and highly provocative’ and said it represented the country’s war-mongering attitude.

“These intentions by India are threatening the regional peace,” he added.

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