Foreign minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, in an interview with CNN said that he hopes that the Taliban regime in Afghanistan keep their promises and do not allow terrorist activities in Afghanistan.
“We continue to not only monitor this situation, but work on our side to ensure that we can try to tackle the threat of terrorism and hope that the regime in Afghanistan lives up to their international commitment to not allow their soil to be used for terrorism,”Zardari added.
He referring to Pakistan’s demand on Taliban’s recognition said any decision in this regard will be taken in line with the discussions with the international community.
He emphasizing that the US believes that Pakistan has played a “very dangerous role” in supporting the Afghan Taliban over the decades, said that Pakistan has consistently engaged with Afghanistan regardless of who was in power.
“We have always been advocates of the fact that alongside action against terrorist activity, the resolution of the dispute was in dialogue and diplomacy,” Mr. Zardari said. “It was not Pakistan, but the US who had direct communication with the Taliban regime before their takeover of Kabul.”
Zardari continued that Pakistan will emphasize the issue that Taliban must ensure women’s rights in Afghanistan and keep up their promises to the international community.
Foreign minister of Pakistan believes that the issue of women’s education is not a Western issue, rather it is the right of women that Islam has ensured.
This Pakistani top diplomat added that his country supporting the participation, in particular considering the current situation of Afghanistan will continue to provide humanitarian assistance for this country.
He added that the developments in Kabul have had a direct impact on the lives of the people of Pakistan. “We must prioritize, alleviate the humanitarian crisis, ensure there’s no economic collapse and hold the Taliban regime to the international commitments.”
“Pakistan and international community believe it will not serve any of our interests if we abandon the people of Afghanistan once again,” he concluded.