Taliban Warns TTP Against Using Afghan Soil for Attacks on Pakistan

 Taliban Warns TTP Against Using Afghan Soil for Attacks on Pakistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy leader and negotiator, and other delegation members attend the Afghan peace conference in Moscow, Russia March 18, 2021. — Reuters

The Taliban government has issued a stern warning to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), cautioning against using Afghan territory as a base for launching attacks inside Pakistan. This warning comes amid efforts to mend relations between the two neighboring countries and address security concerns in the region.

A recent delegation, led by Maulana Hamid-ul-Haq of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Sami), visited Kabul to engage in diplomatic discussions. The delegation’s visit was facilitated by Asrar Madani, the head of the International Research Council for Religious Affairs, signaling a concerted effort to foster dialogue and cooperation.

During the delegation’s meetings with Taliban leaders in Kabul, it was revealed that a high-level gathering had taken place weeks prior, attended by representatives from both the Taliban and the TTP. In this meeting, Taliban officials conveyed a clear message to TTP leaders, including Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud and Hafiz Gul Bahadur, emphasizing that attacks on Pakistan from Afghan soil have strained bilateral relations and undermined stability in the region.

According to Madani, there has been a notable improvement in the situation following the meeting, indicating a willingness on the part of the Taliban to address Pakistan’s security concerns. However, discussions regarding the resumption of dialogue between the Afghan government and the TTP remain ongoing. While the Taliban, particularly the Haqqani network, sees dialogue as a potential avenue for reconciliation, Pakistani officials remain cautious due to past concessions granted to the TTP.

Additionally, the Taliban government expressed concerns about the rapid repatriation of Afghan refugees by the Pakistani government. Many of these refugees have spent decades in Pakistan and now face challenges in reintegrating into Afghan society. The Taliban urged Pakistan to consider a more gradual approach to repatriation and to consult with the Afghan government on such matters.

It is worth noting that several key figures within the Taliban leadership, including Supreme Leader Mulla Haibatullah and Chief Justice Maulana Abdul Hakeem Haqqani, have themselves spent significant periods as refugees in Pakistan. This shared history underscores the complexities surrounding the issue of refugee repatriation.

While Pakistan has justified its repatriation policy as a measure to combat terrorism, concerns remain about the impact on Afghan refugees and the broader regional stability. The interim Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, has cited security reasons for the repatriation efforts, highlighting the need to address the involvement of Afghan nationals in terrorist activities within Pakistan.

Overall, the dialogue between the Taliban, Pakistan, and the TTP reflects ongoing efforts to address security challenges and promote stability in the region through diplomatic engagement and cooperation.

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