The Pakistan Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said that if the issue of terrorism is not taken seriously, it could lead to disaster.
Referring to the issue of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Zardari said that Islamabad hopes the Afghan interim government will treat the issue as its own core issue.
“In the 600 days to the lead-up to the fall of Kabul, there were a total of five terrorist incidents in Pakistan, on Pakistani soil, conducted by these groups. 600 days past the fall of Kabul, that number went up to 50,” Zardari told a Pakistan Senate committee.
He also criticized the freezing of Afghan assets by the West. The Pakistan foreign minister stressed the need for stability in Afghanistan, saying that a stable Afghanistan is necessary for regional economic connectivity.
“Pakistan should think of its polices and role regarding Afghanistan, not about the world’s attention to Afghanistan,” said Asadullah Nadim, a military veteran.
The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the TTP is an internal issue of Pakistan and that Islamabad itself should find a solution for it.
“The Islamic Emirate has full control of the situation. Other countries including Pakistan should not link their internal issues to Afghanistan. They should try to solve their internal issues inside Pakistan. The issue of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is a Pakistan issue. And they should solve it themselves. Afghanistan is stable and secure,” Mujahid said.
“Because of the relations that Pakistan has with the western and NATO countries as well as the US, it can play an important and influential role in political, economic and social issues of Afghanistan,” said Aziz Maarij, a political analyst.
Bhutto also commented on the Islamic Emirate’s capacity, saying that that the interim Afghan government lacks a “border force to manage” its borders.
Earlier, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the Cabinet of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar, said that engagement with the interim government in Afghanistan is "preconditioned" on the issue of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
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