Foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that the Afghan Taliban have been duly informed about the banned TTP being Pakistan’s “red line”, and Islamabad’s relationship with Kabul will “be affected” if the terrorist group is not “controlled”.
Speaking to media at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Thursday, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that Pakistan “will not ignore [it] if we found out that Taliban are not stopping TTP”.
The rising number of terror incidents has put the security apparatus in the country on high alert, as the recent Bannu hostage crisis sent shockwaves across the country. Over 120 policemen have been martyred and more than 125 other law enforcers have been wounded in different kinds of attacks on the police force in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the ongoing year.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that borders Afghanistan has witnessed a surge of terrorist activity since the Afghan Taliban took Kabul in 2021. Earlier in December, “Afghan Border Forces” also fired mortars on Chaman in Balochistan, causing deaths of multiple civilians and injuries to many others, including women and children.
Expressing his consternation at the deteriorating law and order situation in the country due to rising frequency of attacks from Afghan soil, Bilawal said if the Afghan Taliban carry out operations against the extremists, Pakistan will “provide help wherever it is needed”.
The Pakistani foreign minister also said that his government had signed no new counterterrorism cooperation agreement with the US.