President Ghani and CE Abdullah Condemn Suicide Attack in India, US Calls on Pak to End Harbouring Terror Groups

According to a statement released by the Presidential Palace, President Ghani has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted Central Reserve Police Force personnel in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.

“The government of Afghanistan expresses its sympathy and deep condolences to the Indian Government and people, and the families of the soldiers who fell victim to the incident”, the statement added. As per the statement, “Terrorism is a cancer in the region” which requires collective efforts to be rooted out.

Chief Executive Abdullah also expressed that Afghanistan stands in solidarity with India as he condemned the brutal attack. His statement added that “Terrorists and their sponsors appropriating religious names to commit heinous crimes are but a disgrace to religion and humanity”.

On Thursday, an explosive laden vehicle operated by a suicide attacker rammed into a convoy of CRPF personnel who were on their way back home. Attack happened in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir state and claimed the lives of at least 37 CRPF personnel and injured five others.

The attack’s responsibility was based by Jaish-e-Mohammad, whose leader Masood Azhar, India has been trying to blacklist as a terrorist at the UN, with repeated veto by China.

The United States condemned the attack as well. “The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday. This is not the first time, the US has called on Pakistan to stop being complacent in its counterrorism efforts.

Since last year, the US has stopped a large pool of monetary aid to Pakistan with the pretext, as per their President Trump that Pakistan “doesn’t do a damn thing”.

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