KABUL - There are no insurgents groups based in Afghanistan which pose a threat to neighboring countries, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday.
MOFA deputy spokesman Faramarz Tamana repeated the claim made by President Hamid Karzai last Thursday that there were no terrorist roots in Afghanistan, and blamed the international community for not targeting insurgent "safe-havens" beyond Afghanistan's borders.
Tamana rejected the recent assertion by Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik that the militant Haqqani Network was based in Afghanistan.
"I strongly reject that claim. There is no insurgent group in Afghanistan that threatens our neighbors," Tamana said at a press conference in Kabul, adding that insurgency in Afghanistan is fueled from other countries.
"The insurgents' financial sources are outside the borders of Afghanistan and this is not seriously considered by the international community," he added.
Both Al Qaeda and Haqqani – believed to based in Pakistan according to US intelligence – are seen as a major threat to the security of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign combat forces in 2014.
Tamana's comments come after Karzai said Thursday that the US were acting contrary to their said aims in the war on terror by not targeting the insurgency outside of Afghan borders. He also slammed the US for not responding to Pakistan's cross-border shelling into eastern regions of Afghanistan. (Tolo News)