Kabul denies shrine attack executed from Afghan soil

February 17, 2017
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A woman clad in burqa walks in the hallway of the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Usman Marwandi, also known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in Sehwan Sharif, in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, September 5, 2013.  Picture taken September 5, 2013. To match Feature PAKISTAN-SUFI/    REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

A woman clad in burqa walks in the hallway of the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Usman Marwandi, also known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in Sehwan Sharif, in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, September 5, 2013. Picture taken September 5, 2013. To match Feature PAKISTAN-SUFI/ REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN – Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Afghanistan on Friday rejected Pakistan’s stance that the recent suicide attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Pakistan was masterminded from Afghanistan soil.

The presidential palace said in a statement Afghanistan has proven its honesty in fighting terrorism and now it is Pakistan’s turn to destroy terrorist safe havens on its own soil, according to Tolo News.

“Afghanistan has never allowed anyone to use its soil for terrorist activities against regional countries or its neighbors. We also expect other countries not to let insurgent groups harbor safe havens on their soil,” said Shah Hussain Murtazawi, deputy spokesman of president.

In reaction to the recent shrine attack Pakistan closed the Torkham and Spin Boldak border ports and said the attack was masterminded in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani military also summoned the Afghan ambassador in Islamabad and submitted the names of 76 terrorists in Afghanistan and asked the Afghan government to target those elements.

In reaction to Pakistan’s allegations Murtazawi said Pakistan should, instead of making accusations, eliminate the safe havens of insurgents on its own soil.


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