asked Her Majesty's Government:
What information they have received about the activities of Taliban sympathisers in Pakistan's Pashtun-majority federally administered tribal areas; and what representations they are making to the Government of Pakistan about this threat to the safety of British troops in Afghanistan. [HL848]
The Government of Pakistan have made extensive efforts, with considerable loss of life, to improve the rule of law in their border areas, and have moved substantial resources to the border regions to quell insurgent activity and prevent illegal cross-border traffic. We share Pakistan's concern about the Taliban influence in the federally administered tribal areas and continue to monitor the results of the peace deal recently negotiated with tribal elders in North Waziristan Agency.
President Musharraf reaffirmed his commitment to combating the Taliban and reducing activity across the border into Afghanistan and his support for stability in Afghanistan when he met my right honourable friend the Prime Minister on 19 November. The UK-Pakistan joint declaration confirms a commitment to co-operate more closely on Afghanistan and counter-terrorism.