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Ex MP says Pak's support to Afghan Taliban an open secret

Updated: Aug 11, 2016 13:56 IST

Kabul, Aug. 11 (ANI): Pakistani politician and former lawmaker Afrasiab Khattak has said Islamabad's security establishment's support to the Afghan Taliban is an open secret.

He was joined by several other politicians and critics in slamming the security establishments of the country for their 'good' and 'bad' terrorists approach, reports the Khaama Press.

His comments came after a deadly attack on a hospital in Quetta city.

The critics accused Pakistan's security institutions of aiding and protecting the "good" militants , the ones who launch attacks in India and Afghanistan, while cracking down on "bad" terrorists whose attacks have killed more than 60,000 civilians and soldiers since 2004.

"It is also public knowledge that non-state actors find no obstacles to their agenda," said Khattak and added "proscribed organizations not only indulge in public activities but also give themselves the right to determine Pakistan's regional policy."

Khattak, a longtime critic of Pakistan's support for hard-line Islamist groups, said, "Our country is at daggers drawn with three out of four neighbors and faces growing international isolation."

Another lawmaker, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, said at the Pakistan National Assembly, "Powers within this country are backing the terrorists. These people attacking us are from among us."

He also rejected claims by a senior Balochistan official that India's main foreign intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), orchestrated the Quetta attack.

"There is no RAW in Balochistan," he said. (ANI)