Islamabad: Due to the growing threat of terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in the region Pakistan and Russia have expressed their ‘grave concern’ during the seventh meeting of the Pakistan-Russia Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism, reported the Dawn.
Noting their “grave concern”, the two sides observed that “the returning IS fighters from the conflict zones to countries of origin or third countries constitute a major security threat to various parts of the world, including this region”.
They emphasised the need for regional cooperation to counter the threat.
Last month, foreign ministers of Pakistan and Russia Khawaja Asif and Sergey Lavrov had at their meeting in Moscow expressed deep concern over presence of IS in Afghanistan and criticized the US and Nato for ineffective handling of the situation.
The two stayed short of accusing the US and Nato of allowing IS’s proliferation in Afghanistan, whose terrorists are now camped on the borders of Pakistan and Central Asian Republics neighbouring Afghanistan.