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Pakistan summons Afghan Charge d’Affaires over university attack

Pakistan has summoned Afghan Charge d’Affaires, Sayed Abdul Nasir Yousafi over the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University that Islamabad claims was controlled from Afghanistan.
“He was told that investigations have revealed that handlers of this terrorist act were operating from Afghan territory and used Afghan telecommunication network for planning and executing this attack. In this regard, the relevant details have already been shared with the Afghan side,” reads a statement released by the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Tuesday.
“The Government of Afghanistan was urged to take action against the perpetrators of this heinous act of terrorism and extend cooperation to Pakistani authorities to bring them to justice at the earliest possible.”
But Afghanistan has rejected the claim. Presidential Palace “ARG” says government neither supports terrorist groups nor provided sanctuaries to them.
However, the great-granddaughter of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan or Bacha Khan has said that Pakistan was behind the university attack which left at least 21 people killed and around 50 others wounded.
Yasmin Nigar Khan told the Hindustan Times in an interview that the man known as the Frontier Gandhi is held in such high esteem in Afghanistan that even terrorists from that country would not attack anything named after him.
She also rejected the claim of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that accepted responsibility for the attack saying it was done by Islamabad to “vitiate the minds” of Pakistani Pashtuns against the people of Afghanistan.

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