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Pakistan again rejects Afghan accusation of harbouring militants



 Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Monday again, rejected accusations by Afghanistan that his country is harbouring militants, saying his government has done everything possible to facilitate the peace process.

“There are no safe havens for militants in Pakistan,’’ Khan said.

Pakistan plays an important role in the Afghan peace process but U.S. and Afghan officials have long accused Pakistan’s military spy agency of harbouring Taliban militants.

Afghanistan’s second Vice President Sarwar Danish, however, accused Pakistan of allowing the Taliban to recruit fighters from Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, which were also allegedly used as training camps.

Khan said that with around 2.7 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, it was impossible to rule out militants hiding among them.

He added that Pakistan Government had since taken steps in that direction, including building a border fence.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said it was time for Afghans to have peace.

No Afghan will forgive us if this opportunity is not utilised.

Guterres expressed delight at Pakistan’s strong commitment for peace in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he was optimistic about a peace deal the U.S. and the Taliban appear to have finalised after lengthy negotiations.

Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Abdulfatah Babatunde

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