Pak PM says bombers who killed many in Kabul 'may have come from Pakistan'

ANI | Updated: Sep 18, 2017 19:18 IST

London [U.K.], September 18 (ANI): In a surprising admission, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the bombers,who killed more than 90 people in the attack in Kabul in May, might have come from Pakistan.

"I don't know all the details, but it seems three or four people crossed over the border. There was a vehicle which travelled from that area to Kabul and was parked in an embassy compound before it blew up," he said.

"We have 2,50,000 troops fighting there, but we don't have control of the full area. [Militants] often cross the border from the other side and attack our people. If the Afghan army cannot control them, and U.S. forces cannot control them, what are we supposed to do?" the Financial Times quoted Abbasi, as saying.

Abbasi further threatened the United States of discontinuing with the U.S. as supplier of military aircraft to apply pressure on its ally.

However, Pakistan currently buys F-16 fighter jets, which are made by American company Lockheed Martin and have become the mainstay of the Pakistani air force.

"We would like to buy more F-16s, but we do have other options," Abbasi said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has decided to bring a tough foreign policy for the United States, if Islamabad's ally stature is lowered by Washington.

The Pakistan Government has prepared a three-option policy, apparently 'the toughest diplomatic policy' against the U.S. sanctions on the country, the Express Tribune reported.

The official sources have said that the policy includes gradual decline in diplomatic relations with the U.S., limiting mutual cooperation on terrorism-related issues and non-cooperation in the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan.

Moreover, the last option may include a complete ban on using Pakistan land of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) supplies to Afghanistan.

However, it will only be implemented after the approval of Pakistan's National Security Committe and keeping in view Trump's policy for Pakistan.

While announcing his strategy for Afghanistan, Trump had earlier slammed Pakistan for providing safe havens to Afghan jihadis, including the Haqqani network.

Trump said, "Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists. No partnership can survive with the harbouring of militants."

The U.S. President also pledged to use a variety of diplomatic, military and economic tools to combat terrorism.

Earlier, U.S. Senator John McCain had issued a stern warning to Pakistan's civilian and military leaders to act against the Haqqani network if Islamabad intends to remain a close ally of Washington. Senator McCain's statement showed that the Trump administration is considering to impose sanctions on Pakistan if Islamabad continues to support the Haqqani network and other terror groups. (ANI)

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