The army chief of the South Asian country of Pakistan has said that he wants to avoid conflict with the Islamic State group (ISIS) and other militant groups in the region.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Friday that he did not want any clashes with the Taliban in Pakistan, the second time in three days that the Pakistani military has been involved in a conflict with militants in Afghanistan.
“I do not want to see any trouble between the two communities.
I do not need to be involved in any conflicts with other countries or with Pakistan-based terror groups,” Sharif said.
He added that the military was trying to ensure peace in Afghanistan through the peace process and did not need any help from the United States, the United Kingdom or India to do so.
Sharif’s comments come amid growing tensions between the military and other armed groups across the region, as well as tensions with Iran.
Afghan forces have taken back control of parts of the country, including the country’s main city of Kabul, after a months-long war with Taliban forces.
The Taliban in the north, known as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is allied with the U.S.-led coalition in the war, which has claimed more than 10,000 lives.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier this week that the Afghan government would continue to take control of Kabul and that it would have a new government after the U,S.-backed military forces withdrew.