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Pakistan again asks Afghanistan to take action against TTP

Foreign Office rejects USCIRF’s report as faulty, non-reflective of ground realities in Pakistan

By News Desk

May 9, 2024 02:36 PM


Pakistan again asks Afghanistan to take action against TTP

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch

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Pakistan has again called upon Afghanistan to take meaningful and effective action against terrorist groups including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Speaking at her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said Pakistan is concerned about the terror threat it faces from individuals and entities in Afghanistan.

She said they have also found evidence that the attack on Chinese engineers in Besham has links with the terrorists currently residing inside the neighbouring country. She said the planning of this attack took place in Afghanistan.

She called upon the Afghan authorities to take meaningful and effective against the terrorist groups including the TTP.

Responding to a question, the Foreign Office spokesperson rejected the US Commission on International Religious Freedom's report as faulty and non-reflective of ground realities in Pakistan.

Mumtaz Baloch said the report is based on unsubstantiated allegations and Pakistan believed that USCIRF's annual exercise of designating countries is unwarranted and futile. The futility can be gauged by the fact that since 2020 the US State Department has ignored its recommendations to declare India a country of particular concern.

She said this exercise will have more credibility if it were free of double standards and geopolitical considerations and if it paid increased attention to the glaring rise of Islamophobia.

The spokesperson said such arbitrary designations also undermine the objective of fostering understanding and cooperation which can be achieved through dialogue and constructive engagement.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson said no dialogue is taking place with India. She welcomed the reaffirmation by the OIC for its strong and unequivocal position on Jammu and Kashmir dispute at the recently concluded 15th Islamic summit in the Gambia.

She pointed out that the moot at its final communique reaffirmed unwavering support for and solidarity with the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their quest for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the UNSC resolutions.

The spokesperson reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to their Kashmiri brothers and sisters.


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