ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Tuesday expressed Pakistan’s willingness to support Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism. He stated that Pakistan had requested Afghanistan to play an active role in curbing terrorism.
He emphasized that Pakistan understands that the Afghan authorities will take action against those who launch attacks on Pakistan. The Foreign Minister stated that if the issue is a matter of capability, Pakistan is prepared to assist Afghanistan, but if it is a matter of intention, it is a separate issue. He said that Pakistan has the right to take against terrorists present in Afghanistan. However, he added, cross border action was not the first option. “We want Afghan interim government to take action against TTP”.
The Minister highlighted that some of the weapons and equipment left behind by NATO are in the hands of terrorists in certain areas. He said that terror attacks have increased in Pakistan since change in Kabul administration.
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari mentioned that he visited Maulana Fazlur Rehman to offer his condolences for the victims of the Bajaur blast incident.
Regarding negotiations on the caretaker setup, Bhutto-Zardari mentioned that the discussions were progressing gradually.