ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Monday said Afghan Taliban had assured that they would not allow anyone to use Afghan soil against Pakistan.
“The Afghan Taliban have also assured the government that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) would not be given permission to operate in Afghanistan against Pakistan,” said the interior minister while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.
He said few TTP members such as Maulvi Faqir Mohammad had been released in Afghanistan, adding that the government of Pakistan was in contact with Afghan authorities on the matter and have been informed that these terrorists were involved in terrorism in Pakistan.
Sheikh Rasheed said the region has become significantly important due to changing situation in Afghanistan. He added that long-lasting peace in Afghanistan was important for the region as well as for the world.
He said Pakistan would continue playing its role in maintaining peace in Afghanistan for a stable government as peace in Afghanistan was a must for peace in the entire region including Pakistan.
“Besides issuing visas to members of the Afghan cricket team, the government has issued immigration to 1,277 foreigners including Afghanis while 500 people are waiting for transit,” he said.
He said that 874 people were also allowed to enter Pakistan via Torkham border while Chaman and Torkham borders were opened for trade.