KABUL - The war against terrorism cannot be won if the international community does not pressure Pakistan to do more to fight terrorism on its soil, Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqi said Sunday.
"As long as the insurgents safe havens are not eradicated from Pakistan and the country does not come under more pressure to be more serious against the insurgents, the war against terrorism will be unwinnable," Sediqi told TOLOnews.
US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman recently emphasized the need for the joint cooperation between both countries.
The insurgents are widely regarded to have safe havens in Pakistan's western tribal region near the Afghan border, posing a major threat to the security of both Afghanistan and Pakistan with several coordinated attacks launched on Afghan soil in recent years.
As the foreign forces hand over responsibility of security to the Afghan security forces, the fear of Taliban and insurgent infiltration into the Afghan forces ranks is rising as attacks by uniformed Afghans on foreign and Afghan security forces has spiked this year and deteriorated relations between the allies.
Adding fuel to the fears is a report from The Associated Press on Saturday saying that as foreign troops draw down from Afghanistan, the terrorist Al Qaeda network is trying to take over some of the eastern parts of the country to expand their presence and prepare for the complete withdrawal of foreign combat troops. (Tolo News)