Rise of IS in Afghanistan a concern for Pakistan: Aziz

ISLAMABAD: The adviser to prime minister on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said that rise of Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan is a point of concern for Pakistan.


Talking to media after an event in Islamabad on Wednesday, Aziz said certain elements trying to associate with IS were arrested from Sialkot, however, “it is the rise of IS in Afghanistan which is the cause of concern for Pakistan”.

The premier’s adviser went on to say that Afghan Taliban will have to shut down their subversive activities if they want the peace talks to happen and succeed. “It’s also the condition set by Afghan government,” he added.

Aziz further announced that a meeting of the quadrilateral committee comprising the senior diplomatic representatives from US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan is called on January 10 in Islamabad to discuss the Afghan reconciliation process.