ISIS operating in 8 to 9 provinces of Afghanistan, claims Pak minister

Pakistan’s minister of foreign affairs Khawaj Mohammad Asif has claimed that the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are operating in eight to nine provinces of Afghanistan.

Speaking during a debate aired by a private TV channel, Asif went on to claim that a huge part of the country was not under the control of the Afghan government.

He also criticized the coalition in Afghanistan and accused them of the failure to brign peace and stability in Afghanistan despite thousands of the forces were deployed with modern military equipment.

Asif further added that 9,000 ton opium was being cultivated in Afghanistan, which was an alarming situation, calling it a strange scenario that a huge cache of narcotics amounting 150 billion dollar was being smuggled from Afghanistan in the presence of Allied forces.

The latest remarks by the senior Pakistani official come as pressures are on the rise on Islamabad to act against the terror safe havens, mainly the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist which the US and Afghan officials believe have sanctuaries and enjoy from the freedom of action in the country.

The US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Afghanistan on Friday reiterated Washington’s stance regarding the terror safe havens in Pakistan.

He said “For too long Pakistan has provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organizations, but those days are over. President Trump has put Pakistan on notice.”
“As the President said, so I say now: Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with the United States, and Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists,” he added.
Source Khaama Press

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