Afghanistan should not allow use of territory against Pakistan: spokesman

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Pakistan on Wednesday said Afghanistan should not allow its soil to be used against it, days after the Pakistani Taliban elected a new chief, who operate from the neighboring country according to Pakistani officials.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Wednesday said Pakistan has made it clear on Afghanistan several times that it should not allow the use of its territory against Pakistan.

"We are confident that Afghanistan will take the required steps in this regard," the spokesman said when asked about the presence of the new chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Fazalullah in Afghanistan at his weekly briefing.

Pakistani Taliban elected Maulvi Fazalullah following the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a U.S. drone attack on Nov. 1.

Fazalullah, who had led his fighters in Swat valley in 2009 in bloody campaign against the Pakistani forces, later fled to Afghanistan and regrouped his fighters in the border province of Nuristan, Pakistan security officials say.

The army says Fazalullah fighters have carried out a series of deadly attacks on Pakistani border posts and killed dozens of soldiers and civilians in the border regions.

Fazalullah appeared in a video last month and claimed responsibility for the roadside bomb attack that killed Major General Sanaullah Niazi in Dir District in September.

Kabul has never officially confirmed the presence of Pakistani militants and Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman, Janan Mosazai, said on Sunday that Afghanistan will never allow its territory to be used against neighbors, particularly Pakistan.

Responding to another question, the spokesman said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Kabul is on the cards but no dates have yet been fixed.

When asked about the whereabouts of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Bradar, the spokesperson said he is in Pakistan and can contact his family members.

"Pakistan had released Mullah Bradar to advance the Afghan peace and reconciliation process," he said, adding Pakistan will continue to play a positive role to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. Endi

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