On Thursday, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto said that the Afghan Taliban have been informed that the outlawed TTP is a redline for Pakistan and that Islamabad’s relationship with Kabul would suffer if the terrorist group is not brought under control.
Bilawal Bhutto told reporters at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, “We would not ignore if we found out that Taliban are not preventing TTP.”
After the Bannu hostage crisis, which sent shockwaves across the nation, authorities were on high alert due to the increasing frequency of terror occurrences. There have been many assaults on the police force in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year, resulting in the deaths of over 120 officers and the injuries of over 125 more.
While in the United States, Pakistan’s top diplomat met with the UN chief, presided over a meeting of the Group of Seventy-Six, and gave a speech to the Atlantic Council in Washington.
Bilawal expressed worry over the worsening law and order situation in the nation as a result of escalating TTP assaults from Afghan land, and added that if the Taliban carry out operations against the extremists, Pakistan would offer support if necessary.
According to him, there is no fresh pact for working together with the US to combat terrorism.
“We urge to release frozen funds for the Afghan people not for the Taliban. They [Taliban] promised with US and the world to take action against extremist groups,” said Bilawal.
The foreign minister responded to a query about the state of a building Pakistan owns in Washington by saying that it must be sold.
“Taxes and other expenses are high on it. But I am not in favour of selling the hotel in New York.”
When questioned about the upcoming elections in Pakistan, Bilawal assured reporters that voting would take place on schedule, despite Imran Khan’s desire for early polling to facilitate vote manipulation.
The foreign minister stated that institutions stuck to their constitutional mandates, but that certain politicians sow discord by making ideological disagreements seem personal.