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British envoy to Pakistan urges Taliban to take action against terrorist groups in Afghanistan

The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott, has urged the Taliban to take action against terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan.

In an interview with Pakistan Geo News on Saturday, Marriott said that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other terrorist organizations, including the Haqqani Group, continue to operate in Afghanistan.

“If they are not stopped from terrorist activities, they are a threat not only to Pakistan but to the entire world, as everyone saw on 9/11,” she added.

She said that the war between Ukraine and Russia was the most watched on UK TV channels but that didn’t mean “we’ve forgotten about Afghanistan. The eyes of the world are still on the problem and situation of Afghanistan.”

The British diplomat also said that the UK is working on how to negotiate with the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

“In Doha, all parties participated in dialogue with the Taliban. There is concern over the humanitarian situation in half of Afghanistan, particularly the lack of rights for girls and women, for which we will continue to negotiate with the Taliban government,” she explained.

Marriott said that the security situation in Afghanistan may have improved since the Taliban took control. However, she clarified that the security situation had worsened due to the Taliban’s attacks on security forces and people, which had previously heightened the overall instability in the country.

Pakistan has repeatedly criticized the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to take action against them. However, the Taliban has consistently denied the presence and activities of these groups in the country.