Following a series of recent cross-border attacks that killed nearly a dozen Pakistani soldiers and prompted a strong response from Islamabad, the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has begun taking steps to shift terrorist groups away from regions bordering Pakistan, according to a media report released on Monday.
Pakistan has become more dissatisfied in recent months by the Taliban government’s unwillingness to remove terrorist groups, particularly the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Because these organizations fought alongside the Taliban against US-led foreign troops and share the same ideology, the Taliban leadership is hesitant to intervene.
After the recent series of cross-border strikes, a senior Pakistani official acquainted with the situation told The Express Tribune on Sunday that Pakistan warned the Taliban leadership to take action against the terrorist organizations or face the consequences.
“Some of the groups have already been transferred out of our border regions,” a senior official involved in the situation stated. Although Pakistan does not agree with the strategy, it supports the Taliban’s decision to halt cross-border strikes for the time being, according to the official, who did not want to be identified.
The official was reported in the newspaper as stating, “Our demand is clear: these groups must be eradicated or handled within such a way that they never pose a threat to us again.”
In recent weeks, there has been an increase in cross-border terrorist strikes, with a number of Pakistani troops being killed. Three Pakistani troops were killed in North Waziristan on Saturday when militants from across the border attacked. Another terrorist strike claimed the lives of seven Pakistani troops on April 14.
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