US says can’t comment on perpetrators of Kabul varsity attack

WASHINGTON: The United States (US) on Thursday declined to comment on the perpetrators behind the attack on American University in Kabul urging Pakistan and Afghanistan to work together to increase their cooperation countering violent extremism, according to US State Department.

Asked about Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s allegation that the attack on the American University in Kabul was orchestrated from Pakistan, Elizabeth Trudeau, spokesperson for the US State Department, declined to comment on the responsibility for the attack.

“We encourage the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan to work together, not only in the wake of this attack and to ensure that such attacks don’t happen again, but to increase their cooperation countering violent extremism writ large,” she said, during the daily press briefing.

The spokesperson said that we have pressed the Government of Pakistan to follow up on their commitment to not discriminate among terror groups.

Trudeau recalled that General Raheel Sharif himself has said that they would not discriminate among militants regardless of their agenda or affiliation.

She, however, added that this attack against the best and brightest of Afghanistan is a sign that we can all “do more”.

Sixteen people, including eight students, were killed and 53 others were wounded in the 10-hour raid, the first militant assault on a prominent university in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the assault.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif had a telephonic conversation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday.

The army chief strongly condemned terrorists’ attack on American University in Kabul yesterday and offered his condolences to the bereaved families, said the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The COAS reassured the Afghan president that no one would be allowed to use the Pakistani soil for any kind of terrorism in Afghanistan.

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