Terrorism Poses Threats to Pakistan and the West, Says Bilawal
February 19, 2023
Amid growing terrorism and militancy in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a panel discussion at Munich Security Conference on Saturday called on the international community to engage with the Afghan Taliban regime and take on threats of terrorism.
Mr. Bilawal said that Afghanistan’s neighbors and the international community wanted the Afghan caretaker government to live up to its commitment promised in the Doha Agreement in the areas of women’s education, forming an inclusive government and talking on potential threats from terrorism emanating from terrorists groups of Daesh, TTP and Al Qaeda.
He said that the terrorist groups could conduct terrorist activities from Afghanistan as had been witnessed recently from the incidents in Pakistan.
Apparently, the foreign minister scapegoated the Taliban-run administration for not having the capacity to fight terror groups and live up to its obligations. He further called on the international community to convince the Taliban regime to fight terror groups and show it will.
Mr. Bilawal further added that Pakistan has helped Afghanistan by hosting millions of Afghan refugees on its soil for decades, and the international community should continue its humanitarian support, unfreeze Afghan assets, and engage with the Taliban, society, and women.
He reiterated that a peaceful Afghanistan is extremely vital for the economic development and trade connectivity of the region.
His remarks come as both Afghanistan and Pakistan are suffering from growing threats of terrorism and militancy. The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has intensified its operation across the country after the militant group ended its unilateral ceasefire with the Pakistani government in November.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the security situation is even worse. Since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021, Daesh (ISIS) has carried out brutal attacks targeting foreign embassies, hotels, educational institutions, and more.