Pakistani foreign minister: We need to “engage aggressively” with the Taliban

The Pakistani foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, told the Washington Post on Thursday, that the international community needed to “engage aggressively with the interim government in Afghanistan.”

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr Zardari said that there were a “whole alphabet soup of terrorist groups” operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Adding that “Now we have to focus on the reality, which is that everyone in the region and around the world is concerned about the potential use of Afghan soil for terrorist activities.”

Mr Zardari accused the previous Pakistani government of Imran Khan of leading “a policy of appeasement toward the Pakistani Taliban.” And that Mr Khan was “ideologically sympathetic to their point of view.”