Afghan army head: Pakistan controls the Taliban
If Pakistan ordered a halt to the insurgency, then attacks in Afghanistan would cease “in weeks,” he said. Conflict has raged in the region for about 12 years, and insurgent attacks have increased in recent weeks, on the heels of an American troop drawdown.
Pakistan officials, meanwhile, say they have no control over the militant group.
In an Agence France-Presse report, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The allegations that Pakistan ‘controls’ the Taliban and has ‘unleashed’ them on Afghanistan have no basis. We reject them categorically.”
The public back-and-forth highlights the distrust each country holds for the other.
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