Nafees Zakaria, spokesman of Foreign Office, Government of Pakistan has said that we are concerned about the growing activity and presence of Daesh in Afghanistan. Daesh appeared to have gained foothold in large swaths of ungoverned territories in that country. Regional countries are concerned over the situation in Afghanistan, which has been expressed during a number of meetings on Afghanistan under various initiatives. We will take all necessary measures to mitigate the threat emanating from the presence of Deash close to our borders on the Afghan side and to avoid any spillover to our territory, he said.
Effective border controls and border management are imperative to curb cross-border movement of terrorists, drug and human smugglers. Pakistan stresses on effective border management. In this regard, we have undertaken various measures that include plugging of gaps, infrastructure development of crossing points and other measures. Our efforts for border management are aimed at facilitating movement of people, trade and transit and curb the movement of undesired elements.
Responding to another question, he said, Pakistan, in the strongest terms, condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whether in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world. We firmly believe that terrorist acts taking away precious lives of innocent civilians are highly condemnable, wherever it takes place.
He said: “You touched upon the aspect of rhetoric that is aimed at maligning Pakistan. I have responded previously also that Pakistan is desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan. We have highest stakes in peace and stability in Afghanistan. Whatever happens in Afghanistan has a direct bearing on Pakistan. We have always endeavored, and participated in all initiatives aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. No one should have any doubt about that. Cross border terrorism has also been a matter of concern for both sides. That is why we are engaged in efforts involving effective border management.”