Mutual expulsion of diplomats by Pakistan, India should not lead to escalation: US

WASHINGTON, July 12 (APP): The United States on Monday called on Pakistan and Afghanistan to work together to eliminate safe havens in their border region being used by terrorists to targets innocent civilians in both the neighboring countries.

“There’s a shared interest there, and that’s what we’re focused on,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby told a regular briefing. “We understand that that effort also has not always gone smoothly, and we continue to urge those two governments to work together” to eliminate the safe haven along the border region.

Responding to a question about the Durand Line issue, the spokesman refused to reply, saying he did not have anything to add to what already had been said on the issue. The US recognized Durand Line as a permanent border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He said both Pakistan and Afghanistan know about the threats posed by these terrorist groups which are using the border region as a safe haven.

“We understand that the governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan know this themselves and have made efforts in the past to work together to try to address that threat.”

Earlier, the spokesman expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who died last week.

Describing Edhi as “one of the world’s great humanitarians,” the spokesman said that his compassion, dignity, and humility serve as an example for all. “He led a life dedicated to serving others regardless of religion, class, nationality, or ethnicity,” he added.

“We offer our deepest condolences to his wife and his children, the millions that he personally touched, and of course to the people of Pakistan on this sad occasion.”