Pakistan has handed over to the Afghan Taliban an inventory of “most wanted terrorists” affiliated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) operating from the war-torn neighbouring country as Islamabad seeks to require decisive action against the militant outfit.
Besides, Afghan Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada has reportedly found out a three-member commission to research Islamabad’s complaints that the TTP was using Afghanistan to plot cross-border terrorist attacks.
The list was shared with the Afghan Taliban leadership recently after they took control of Kabul at a lightning speed that stunned the planet.
As the Afghan Taliban prepare to make the govt in Kabul, Islamabad has already initiated talks with the group, seeking action against TTP and its affiliates.
“We have haunted the difficulty with them [Afghan Taliban]. we’ve given them an inventory of wanted TTP terrorists operating from Afghanistan,” a senior Pakistani official, conversant in the event, told The Express Tribune.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, added that Pakistan expected the new government led by the Afghan Taliban to require action against the TTP.
Although the official didn’t share the list, it’s believed that Pakistan was seeking extradition or action against the TTP chief and its other top commanders.
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Separately, a commission found out by the Afghan Taliban has been working towards urging anti-Pakistan militants to prevent violence against the neighbouring country and return to their homes across the border, the Voice of America (VOA) learnt through highly-placed sources.
Quoting sources in Islamabad, the VOA reported that the TTP leaders were being warned by the commission to settle their problems with Pakistan “and return to the country alongside their families in exchange for a possible amnesty by the Pakistani government”.
The sources have ruled out the likelihood of Pakistan accepting any TTP demands, insisting the amnesty would be offered in line with the country’s Constitution and law, which might require the militants to surrender their weapons.
According to the February 2020 deal reached between the Afghan Taliban and therefore the US in Doha, the group cannot permit regional or transnational terrorist groups to use Afghan soil to threaten global security.
“This concern is legitimate, and our policy is obvious that we’ll not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against any neighbouring country, including Pakistan. So, they ought to not have any concern,” Afghan Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told media agencies.
Shaheen added that neither the TTP nor the other terrorist groups “will haven’t any place in our country and that’s a transparent message to all or any .”
Analysts have claimed that it might be extremely difficult for the Afghan Taliban to disregard the reservations of the neighbouring countries, including Pakistan, on the presence of terrorists which have targets across the Afghan border.
The TTP was driven out of the erstwhile tribal areas by Pakistan when it launched a full-scale military offensive in 2014.
Most of the TTP terrorists found refuge across the border as Pakistan accused Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) of funding and backing the terrorist outfit.
Since the Afghan Taliban swept Kabul at a shocking pace, there are growing concerns that groups like the banned TTP could also be further emboldened by the event.
The TTP chief recently issued a press release congratulating the Afghan Taliban victory and renewed allegiance to its chief Akhundzada.
There were also reports that the Afghan Taliban released many TTP terrorists including its former deputy chief Maulvi Faqir Muhammad from jail.
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However, the official was hopeful that the Afghan Taliban wouldn’t allow the soil of the neighbouring country to become a secure haven for the TTP and other terrorist groups.
Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had recently reminded the Afghan Taliban of the promise they made with the international community for not letting Afghan soil be employed by terrorists again.
At a weekly briefing, the ministry spokesperson had indicated that Pakistan would ask the Afghan Taliban to require action against TTP.
“We have a transparent position on the TTP. it’s a terrorist organisation that’s proscribed by Pakistan also because the United Nations,” then FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri had said.
“We are taking over the difficulty of use of Afghan soil by the TTP for terrorist activities in Pakistan with the previous Afghan government and that we will still do so with the longer-term one. We must make sure that it [TTP] isn’t provided with any space in Afghanistan to work against Pakistan,” he added.
The spokesperson also said Pakistan had seen some media reports regarding the discharge of TTP terrorists.
“We have and still oppose support for a person or any proscribed groups and outfits that remained involved in terrorist activities inside Pakistan.”
Zahid added that Pakistan hoped that when the new government was formed in Afghanistan, it might take strict measures to make sure that its soil wasn’t used against other countries.