Pakistan rejects `highly disturbing` Afghan attack claims
Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday said it was "highly disturbing" to see attempts being made to "somehow" implicate it in an attack on a Kabul hotel that left nine civilians dead, including an AFP journalist.
Afghanistan had yesterday said that the attack on Kabul`s Hotel Serena was planned "outside the country", in an indirect reference to Pakistan.
"It is highly disturbing that attempts are being made to somehow implicate Pakistan in this terrorist incident. We reject the insinuation. The tendency to immediately blame Pakistan is unhelpful and should be discarded," the Foreign Office here said.
It also expressed surprise over Afghan Interior Ministry voicing concern over the recently-initiated dialogue process with TTP, "even though the Afghan leadership, at the highest level, has been expressing its support for this initiative".
As for the Afghan elections, Pakistan has repeatedly underlined its support for efforts to ensure a free and fair electoral process, the Foreign Office said.
"Pakistan remains committed to building a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with Afghanistan. This, however, requires a conducive environment for constructive engagement," the statement said.
Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attack on the Sarena Hotel in Kabul, which claimed many innocent lives. A Pakistani national has also sustained serious injuries and remains under treatment, it added.
An AFP journalist, Sardar Ahmad, his wife and two of their three children, along with another Afghan and four foreigners were killed in Thursday`s attack.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Will Akhilesh-Rahul alliance be able to trump BJP in UP elections?
- Arms case: Salman Khan acquitted by Jodhpur court
- Raisina Dialogue 2017: Pakistan must walk away from terror, says PM Modi
- DNA: Analysis of insensitivity shown by political leaders over rising poverty in India
- Valour of a soldier: CRPF officer Satwant Singh fights Naxals till his last breath
- World's 30 most dynamic cities: Check out the full list
- WATCH: Kieron Pollard's incredible one-handed six demoralises Fawad Ahmed
- China State TV said that its troops can reach New Delhi in 48 hours in war scenario; Indians slay it with their replies
- China's NSG stand is neither fair nor transparent, says Defence Expert
- Bengaluru pips Silicon Valley to become world's most dynamic city