Pakistan hopes Afghan Taliban will fulfil promises to address terrorism

Islamabad has urged Kabul to fulfil its commitment made to the international community, saying “Pakistan expects sincere cooperation from the Afghan interim government to address the challenge of terrorism and hopes that Afghanistan will live up its commitments”

This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch while replying to a question during her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, reported Radio Pakistan

She said terrorism is a common threat to both Pakistan and Afghanistan and we must take a strong stand against such entities that use violence against innocent citizens and law enforcement agencies

The spokesperson expressed Pakistan's resolve to root out the evil of terrorism and safeguard the security of every citizen

“We do not believe in accusations or finger pointing

However, we would reiterate our expectations that no country should allow its territory to be used for perpetrating terrorism against Pakistan,” she added

“It is time that the commitments made to the world are fulfiled with sincerity and in good faith actions

” Responding to another question, the spokesperson said Pakistan’s foreign policy prioritises developing good relations with all countries

She said Pakistan enjoys constructive dialogue with all countries including the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and its neighbouring countries

Also read: US seeks consensus against Afghan Taliban after deviation from Doha deal The spokesperson said bilateral relations with Russia, including economic cooperation, will further deepen in future

She also informed that Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar will undertake a two-day visit to Sri Lanka from tomorrow (Friday)

The state minister will participate in the 75th Independence Day of Sri Lanka as a Guest of Honour, the spokesperson added

In addition to attending the Independence Day events, she will call on the Sri Lankan leadership and hold a meeting with the foreign minister of Sri Lanka

The spokesperson further said Pakistan and Sri Lanka have historic ties that have grown steadily in all aspects of bilateral cooperation

“We also have worked closely in multilateral forums including SAARC

The visit of the minister of state would contribute to enhanced understanding between the two countries and signal Pakistan's support for Sri Lanka in a difficult time

Date:03-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link