All terrorist groups, organisations based in Afghanistan ‘a serious threat to global security’

All terrorist groups, organisations based in Afghanistan ‘a serious threat to global security’

The Fourth Ministerial Conference of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Coun­tries held in Samarkand on Thurs­day pointed out that the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan continued to pose threats to region­al peace – a stance Pakistan has long been advocating.

“The Parties pointed out that all terrorist groups, namely the Islam­ic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al-Qaeda, the Eastern Turkistan Is­lamic Movement (ETIM), the Tehr­ik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Ba­lochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Jundallah, Jaish al-Adl, Jamaat Ansa­rullah, the Islamic Movement of Uz­bekistan (IMU), and other terrorist organisations based in Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat to regional and global security,” ac­cording to the declaration of the neighboring countries meeting.

Recently, in its report, Radio Free Europe also said that after the Unit­ed States pulled out its troops from Afghanistan, it left behind military equipment and weapons worth $7 billion which later boosted the mili­tary capabilities of the banned Tahr­ik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Ba­loch separatist groups.

According to the report, the US left behind weapons and equip­ment including firearms, commu­nications gear, and even armored vehicles which gave the militants a “vast war chest.”

Attended by the foreign ministers and senior officials of China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turk­menistan and Uzbekistan, the neigh­boring countries’ meeting noted that the terrorism-related security situa­tion in Afghanistan was still severe and reaffirmed their commitment to enhance cooperation on count­er-terrorism and security among neighboring countries and to devel­op a united front against terrorism.

Pakistan always maintained that the success of any regional or inter­national effort to mitigate the cur­rent situation of Afghanistan will re­main subject to IAG’s seriousness for ensuring that Afghan soil is not used against any country.

Since the Taliban takeover, Pa­kistan also called for the estab­lishment of an inclusive political structure, the adoption of moder­ate domestic and foreign policies, and safeguarding basic rights of all Afghans, including ethnic groups, women and children.

The Afghan authorities would also have to take visible steps to en­sure that Afghanistan would never again serve as a breeding ground, safe haven or source of prolifera­tion for terrorism.

“Terrorism is a common enemy and peace and stability is a collective responsibility. Any action by IAG to rein in anti-Pakistan elements and not to let Afghan soil against Paki­stan would strengthen brotherly re­lations between the two countries,” a security analyst said.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, who also ad­dressed the meeting said, “We also believe that more needs to be done to eradicate the foothold of terror­ist organizations from Afghanistan, without distinction and in a concert­ed and uniform manner. Greater co­operation and coordination with the interim Afghan Government re­mains critical. We look forward to working closely with the neighbour­ing states and the international com­munity to this end.”

She said the menace of terrorism continued to blight the lives of Af­ghan people on a daily basis and the threat posed by terrorist organiza­tions to the neighbouring states and the region, had accentuated.

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