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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pakistan Pledges to Help Battle Terrorism

ISLAMABAD — Kremlin envoy Sergei Yastrzhembsky said Wednesday that Pakistan’s military government has pledged to help Moscow fight terrorism after complaints that radical Pakistani Islamic groups have been training Chechen separatists.

"On several things there is a growing understanding between the two sides … [including] struggle against all manifestations of international terrorism," Yastrzhembsky told a news conference after two days of talks with Pakistani leaders.

He said he conveyed Moscow’s information about the existence of five camps in neighboring Afghanistan that he said were training rebels to be sent to Chechnya and Central Asian republics.

But he ruled out any military action against these camps, one of which he said was near the northern Afghan town of Mazar-i-Sharif and training some 350 Chechen rebels.

"No actions are planned. But it is necessary to convey our concerns based on concrete data," he said.

On Tuesday, the envoy met Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar, Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider and head of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan’s top intelligence network that coordinated the Afghan guerrilla war against Soviet occupation in the 1980s.

Yastrzhembsky said Pakistan could play a stabilizing role in the region and particularly mentioned Moscow’s concerns about the radical Islamic agenda of Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban movement, which has close ties with Islamabad.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Wednesday urged the United Nations to push for talks between the warring factions in Afghanistan.