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Pakistan Presses Afghanistan to Crack Down on Terrorists, Blasts India for Killings

Pakistan has called on Afghanistan to take immediate and effective action against the terrorist groups operating from its soil and hand over their leaders to Islamabad, following a series of deadly attacks in Balochistan.

The Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said on Thursday that Pakistan had been raising concerns over the terror threat emanating from Afghanistan, which had intensified in recent weeks.

She said Pakistan had credible evidence of India’s involvement in extraterritorial and extra-judicial killings in Pakistan, which the Indian external affairs ministry had not denied.

“India is involved in terrorist incidents inside Pakistan,” she said, adding that Pakistan had shared the evidence with friendly and relevant countries, seeking their cooperation in holding the perpetrators accountable.

She said India’s charges of terrorism against Pakistan were neither new nor credible, and that India had been involved in terror acts and killings in other countries as well.

She also expressed serious concerns over the attacks on Muslim places of worship in India, saying there was a concerted campaign to demolish mosques and replace them with temples.

“These acts would remain a blot on the face of Indian democracy for the times to come,” she said.

She said Pakistan would observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on Monday (February 5) to express its support for the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

The spokesperson affirmed Pakistan’s ongoing commitment to provide moral, political, and diplomatic backing to the Kashmiri people in their pursuit of a fair and peaceful resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

She expressed strong condemnation for the brutal killing of nine Pakistani workers in Iran, an act deemed inhumane by both Pakistan and Iran. She conveyed Pakistan’s expectation for Iran to disclose the attack details once their investigation concludes.

In addition, she advocated for the complete enforcement of the International Court of Justice’s ruling to safeguard the human rights, dignity, and identity of the Palestinian people, in line with the UN charter and international laws.

She emphasized the need for the UN Security Council to fulfill its duty by enforcing a ceasefire and shielding the people of Gaza from the ongoing acts of violence.

According to the latest reports, at least one person was killed and four others were injured as multiple blasts rocked different parts of Balochistan on Thursday, including the provincial capital Quetta.

The blasts targeted security forces and civilians, and were claimed by the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a separatist group that is allegedly backed by India.

The FO spokesperson said Pakistan had repeatedly warned of the threat posed by the BLA and other terrorist outfits, and urged the international community to take notice of their activities.

Pakistan has highlighted India's backing of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) at the UN Security Council, demanding action against Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian intelligence officer apprehended in Balochistan in 2016. Jadhav, who confessed to participating in terrorist activities in Pakistan, was granted consular access as per the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) directive. However, he declined to challenge his death sentence.

Despite offering to arrange a meeting between Jadhav, his family, and legal counsel, Pakistan has yet to receive a response from India. The hope is for India to collaborate on the case and adhere to the ICJ's ruling.

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