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Taliban asked to win confidence of countries to tackle regional terrorism: Pak minister

Islamabad:

According to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan vowed not to allow their land to be used by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) to carry out terror operations in neighboring Pakistan. Is.

Qureshi and Pakistani intelligence agency ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed on Thursday made an unannounced visit to Kabul to meet the Taliban administration in Afghanistan, including interim Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, for lasting peace and stability in the war-torn country. Underlined the will of Islamabad. Country.

Qureshi said that during the extensive discussions, Akhund assured Mr. Qureshi that TTP and BLA would not be allowed to carry out terrorist operations from Afghan soil.

Both groups are listed as terrorist organizations banned in Pakistan.

The TTP and BLA have carried out several attacks this year alone in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, mainly by security forces and in some cases religious processions and even Chinese nationals working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. targeted.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad after returning from his day-long trip, Mr. Qureshi said the ‘Interim Afghan Government’ had given him a firm assurance that terrorist groups cannot attack Pakistan from Afghan entry points.

Apart from Akhund, senior cabinet members of the Taliban regime Abdullah Hanafi, Amir Khan Muttaki, Mullah Hidayatullah and Yakub Mujahid also attended the meeting with Mr. Qureshi, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

Qureshi said the Taliban government has been told that it needs to win the trust of other countries to tackle regional terrorism.

Mr. Qureshi elaborated, using Russia as an example, with concerns over ISIS’s use of Afghan soil; Similarly, Iran objected to the targeted killing of members of the Hazara community.

The Hazaras are an ethnic minority on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border who are regularly persecuted by regional factions.

“Therefore, the Afghan Taliban needs to increase cooperation with these countries to combat terrorism,” the newspaper quoted the minister as saying.

Mr Qureshi had earlier said that Pakistan would provide humanitarian assistance of Rs 500 crore to Afghanistan and would also allow duty-free import of fresh fruits and vegetables from Afghanistan to facilitate bilateral trade.

The United Nations warned last month that poverty rates in Afghanistan were rising and public services were close to collapse.

According to the World Bank, about 40 percent of a country’s GDP – national output – comes from aid. The US also frozen USD 10 billion in assets of the country’s central bank after the Taliban captured Kabul in August.

Qureshi was visiting Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban came to power in mid-August. He is the third foreign minister to visit Qatar and Uzbekistan since the Taliban came to power.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the withdrawal of the entire US military on August 31 after two decades of costly warfare.

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