ISLAMABAD – The spokesman for the Afghan Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, stated on Tuesday that Islamabad should stop making “provocative and unfounded” statements if it wants to maintain “positive ties” with Pakistan and all of its neighbours.
The National Security Committee (NSC) reiterated its intention to crush terrorist organisations operating inside the country with full force and categorically urged Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Monday to deny safe haven to Pakistani terrorist groups on its soil and end their patronage, without specifically naming them.
The conclusion of the NSC conference, which lasted two days, was announced in an unusually harsh statement that declared: “Pakistan’s security is uncompromisable and the entire writ of the state would be maintained on every inch of the (sic) Pakistan’s territory.”
Despite the Taliban’s promise in the Doha Agreement, Afghanistan’s soil was still being utilised against Pakistan, according to Defence Minister Khawaja Asif.
He said that Kabul was serious about attaining this goal, saying, “The Islamic Emirate is trying its utmost to ensure that Afghanistan’s land is not exploited against Pakistan or any other country.”
The Taliban spokesperson further stated that Pakistani authorities must take action to maintain control of the situation and refrain from making “baseless and aggressive” statements.
“Peace and stability in Afghanistan are important to the Islamic Emirate. In a similar vein, we seek peace and stability throughout the region and will keep working toward this end,” the Taliban spokesman stated.
Asif has stated, “The Afghan interim administration has a duty to prevent terrorists from wreaking havoc.” The minister also disagreed with a declaration made by the Afghan defence ministry that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a proscribed militant organisation, did not exist in Afghanistan.
Additionally, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah stated in a TV interview over the weekend that Pakistan may target TTP militants in Afghanistan if Kabul authorities do not take any action against them.
In a statement issued today, Mujahid claimed that recent statements made by Pakistani leaders were “very unfortunate.”
The leaders of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), based in Afghanistan, are thought to have planned and ordered an increase in terrorist strikes across Pakistan.
Around 100 attacks were carried out by the TTP last year; the majority of them took place after August, when the group’s peace negotiations with the Pakistani government started to sputter. The TTP shares ideological ties with the Afghan Taliban. The TTP publicly broke the ceasefire on November 28, 2022.
With terrorist organisations like TTP, the extremist Islamic State group, and Gul Bahadur Group carrying out assaults around the nation with almost complete impunity over the past few months, the situation for law and order in the nation has gotten worse.
Additionally, Balochistan’s insurgents have formalised their brutal tactics.