PM Office refutes Kabul attack statement attributed to PM by Financial Times as 'baseless'

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's office on Monday refuted a statement regarding the Kabul attack that was attributed to the prime minister by The Financial Times, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

On Monday morning, The Financial Times said that the prime minister had "admitted the limitations of its [Pakistan's] operations" in an interview with the Tokyo-based daily, adding that he believed "the bombers who killed more than 90 people in the attack in Kabul in May were likely to have come from Pakistan."

While refuting the statement as "baseless", a spokesman for the prime minister, "advised the relevant print media [outlet] to carefully review the contents of discussions before reporting [them]," said APP

“The remarks are simply baseless and have no reference to discussions with any media person. On the contrary, the prime minister has repeatedly argued that attacks in Pakistan are being orchestrated from across the border,” APP quoted a press release from the Prime Minister Office as saying.

Kabul had accused the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of facilitating the Kabul attack, while Pakistan's Foreign Office had asked the Afghan government to stop blaming Pakistan for its own failings while rubbishing the allegations.

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