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Surgical strikes by India in PoK an act of self defence, says Afghanistan; calls for ‘bold action’

Backing India's surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads in PoK, Afghanistan today said that Surgical strikes by India in PoK an act of self defence and said that time has come to take ‘bold action’.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 30, 2016 14:36 IST ]
Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammed Abdali
Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammed Abdali

Backing India's surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads in PoK, Afghanistan today said that Surgical strikes by India in PoK an act of self defence and said that time has come to take ‘bold action’.

Speaking to reporters here, Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammed Abdali said that ‘Kabul hopes that no one will allow safe havens for terrorists to be used against neighbours’.

“Pakistan can't stay in a constant state of denial and cannot remain unanswered,” Abdali told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents Club.

Abdali, who earlier had said that his country was willing to consider a joint boycott of the Saarc summit along with India and other members, said that Pakistan was not reciprocating the goodwill shown by its neighbours and that's why the four nations pulled out from the upcoming summit in Islamabad.

"Right now the environment is not conducive to conduct the Saarc summit, with terrorism continuing in region," he added. India, along with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan have pulled out of the Saarc summit.

To a question on Balochistan, with India flagging the cause of alleged rights violations in the Pakistani province, the Afghan envoy said: "We sympathise with the people of Balochistan. We hope the Baloch people will have a life free of terror and live peacefully."

He also said there is "no doubt that the Pakistan state sponsors terror".

"If terror groups exist, self defence in the form of action we saw, will continue," the envoy added.

With IANS Inputs

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