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The Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, telephoned the National Security Adviser of Afghanistan, Mr. Hanif Atmar, today. The Adviser conveyed that his remarks to the BBC Urdu on 17 November were misquoted, as he was talking in a historical context.

The Adviser reiterated that Pakistan’s commitment to fight terrorism is clear and unambiguous and that Operation Zarb-e-Azb, as he stated in the BBC interview also, is targeting all terrorists, without any distinction or discrimination.

He also recalled the understanding reached between President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week that neither side would allow its territory to be used against the other.

The Adviser reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to work closely with Afghanistan to address the common challenges and continue to make progress towards a comprehensive and enduring partnership, as envisioned by the leaders of the two countries.

20 November, 2014

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