The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott, commended the Pakistan Army for its sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, highlighting that these efforts not only contribute to national peace but also to global security.
Speaking at a well-known media channel, Marriott emphasized Pakistan’s frontline role in combating terrorism, underscoring the country’s significance as a crucial ally to the United Kingdom. She extended her condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the battle against terrorism.
Marriott expressed concern over the ongoing activities of terrorist organizations like the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Haqqani Group in Afghan territory. She urged the Taliban to address this issue, as their inaction poses a threat not only to Pakistan but to the entire world.
While acknowledging the attention on the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Marriott emphasized that the global focus on Afghanistan remains intact. She shared that the UK continues to engage with the Taliban government in Afghanistan to address concerns, particularly regarding the rights of girls and women.
Discussing the situation in Afghanistan, Marriott noted that security conditions have improved since the Taliban took control, with a significant reduction in heroin cultivation. She stressed the importance of recognizing such efforts despite ongoing concerns.
Marriott also discussed the potential role of Pakistani construction companies in rehabilitating Ukraine, highlighting the skilled labor force that Pakistan possesses. She condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and assured ongoing support for Ukraine’s independence.
Addressing climate change, Marriott emphasized Pakistan’s vulnerability due to factors like floods and stressed the UK’s commitment to assisting in international climate financing. She lauded the current trade volume of 4.4 billion pounds between Pakistan and the UK, highlighting the mutual understanding of needs that strengthens their trading partnership.