US blaming Pakistan to hide own failure in Afghanistan, says minister

April 20th, 2009 - 10:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, April 20 (IANS) The US is blaming Pakistan in order to hide the failure of its own anti-terror operations in Afghanistan, says Pakistan’s Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Najam-ud-Din Khan.
“The eyes of the whole world are on the Pakistani tribal areas, but the Pakistani Taliban is different from foreign Taliban. The Afghan immigrants living there illegally are increasing hardships for Pakistan,” the minister said in an interview with the Online news agency Sunday.

“President Asif Ali Zardari took all political forces into confidence for bringing peace in Swat. Now let the democratic process take roots there. All political forces can resolve their issues together,” the minister said.

The security of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border is also the responsibility of the US forces on the other side of the border, he said.

Khan said: “The US is blaming Pakistan to hide its failure in Afghanistan. Innocent people are being killed in drone attacks in the country and the US should tell how many terrorists it killed in the attacks.”

“The three million illegal Afghans (majority of them living in the North West Frontier Province), have increased problems for Pakistan,” the minister said.

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