Cross-border attacks from Afghan soil must be stopped: Nawaz Sharif

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Cross-border attacks from Afghan soil must be stopped: Nawaz Sharif

The prime minister added that Pakistan supported peace and stability in Afghanistan.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Mon 25 Jan 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 26 Jan 2016, 1:00 AM

Islamabad: Days after the Bacha Khan University attack in Charsadda, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said elements in Afghanistan are carrying out terror attacks in Pakistan.
"We did not accuse anyone after Charsadda attack, however, cross-border terrorism must stop," the premier said while speaking to media in London on Sunday evening.
The Pakistan premier flew to London from Davos where he attended the World Economic Forum conference despite deadly attack on Bacha Khan University inviting criticism at home. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said the prime minister should have immediately flown back home and leave his finance minister to address the conference and investors.
He will stay in London for two more days. Ignoring domestic criticism, Sharif invariably stops over in London every time he goes to any European country or North America. His two sons live in London and are doing successful business there.
In response to a question regarding the Pathankot attack, the prime minister said he "personally asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide us intelligence and we will investigate it."
We are working on leads and will soon bring the investigation before media, added the premier.
Regarding the continuing National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism, Sharif said the government was implementing it across the country but admitted progress had often been slow.
"In certain areas of NAP the progress is slow, but in many other areas work has been started," he said.
The prime minister added that Pakistan supported peace and stability in Afghanistan.
"The quadrilateral group is working to bring back peace in Afghanistan as the only way out to the Afghan conflict is through dialogue." In response to another question, the PM said Pakistan took the decision to mediate in the Saudi-Iran conflict by itself, which was lauded by world leaders.
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