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Over 6,000 Pakistani Militants Hiding in Afghanistan: UN Report on Terrorism

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(Picture for illustration solely) The report mentioned IS in Afghanistan, often known as IS in Khorasan province, has been hit onerous by Afghan safety forces in addition to US and NATO forces, and even every so often by the Afghan […]

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The report mentioned IS in Afghanistan, often known as IS in Khorasan province, has been hit onerous by Afghan safety forces in addition to US and NATO forces, and even every so often by the Afghan Taliban.

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  • Final Up to date: July 27, 2020, 7:03 PM IST

A UN report says greater than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents are hiding in Afghanistan, most belonging to the outlawed Pakistani Taliban group answerable for attacking Pakistani navy and civilian targets.

The report launched this week mentioned the group, often known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), has linked up with the Afghan-based affiliate of the Islamic State group. A few of TTP’s members have even joined the IS affiliate, which has its headquarters in jap Afghanistan.

The Afghan authorities didn’t reply Sunday to requests by The Related Press for remark.

The report mentioned IS in Afghanistan, often known as IS in Khorasan province, has been hit onerous by Afghan safety forces in addition to US and NATO forces, and even every so often by the Afghan Taliban. The report was ready by the UN analytical and sanctions monitoring workforce, which tracks terrorist teams around the globe.

The report estimated the membership of IS in Afghanistan at 2,200, and whereas its management has been depleted, IS nonetheless counts amongst its leaders a Syrian nationwide Abu Mentioned Mohammad al-Khorasani. The report additionally mentioned the monitoring workforce had obtained info that two senior Islamic State commanders, Abu Qutaibah and Abu Hajar al-Iraqi, had not too long ago arrived in Afghanistan from the Center East.

“Though in territorial retreat, (the Islamic State) stays able to finishing up high-profile assaults in numerous components of the nation, together with Kabul. It additionally goals to draw Taliban fighters who oppose the settlement with america,” the report mentioned, referring to a US peace deal signed with the Taliban in February.

That deal was struck to permit the US to finish its 19-year involvement in Afghanistan, and calls on the Taliban to ensure its territory is not going to be utilized by terrorist teams. The deal can be anticipated to ensure the Taliban’s all-out participation within the combat towards IS.

The second and maybe most important a part of the settlement requires talks between the Taliban and Kabul’s political management.

Late Saturday, the US State Division issued a press release saying its peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was once more shuttling via the area searching for to leap begin these negotiations, which have been repeatedly postponed as either side squabble over a prisoner launch program.

The US-backed deal requires the Afghan authorities to launch 5,000 Taliban prisoners and the Taliban to free 1,000 authorities and navy personnel as a so-called good will gesture forward of talks. Till now the federal government is refusing to launch practically 600 Taliban prisoners it calls high-profile criminals and has provided to free alternate options. The Taliban have refused.

“The events are nearer than ever to the beginning of intra-Afghan negotiations, the important thing subsequent step to ending Afghanistan’s 40-year lengthy struggle,” mentioned the US State Division assertion. “Though important progress has been made on prisoner exchanges, the problem requires further effort to totally resolve.”

The Taliban’s political spokesman earlier this week mentioned it was prepared to carry talks with Kabul’s political leaders after the Islamic vacation of Eid al-Adha on the finish of the month, offering the prisoner launch is accomplished.

A giant fear for Pakistan is the presence in Afghanistan of militants, notably linked to the TTP or Jamaat-ul-Ahrar or Lashkar-e-Islam, in addition to these with the Baluchistan Liberation Military, which has taken accountability for high-profile assaults this month within the southern Sindh province in addition to in southwestern Baluchistan Province. A number of Pakistan navy personnel have been killed this month in southwestern Baluchistan province in battle with insurgents.

The TTP took accountability for some of the horrific assaults in Pakistan in 2014, when a Pakistani military faculty was attacked and 140 have been killed. Most have been college students, and a few have been as younger as 5.

“The entire variety of Pakistani international terrorist fighters in Afghanistan, posing a menace to each international locations, is estimated at between 6,000 and 6,500, most of them with TTP,” the report mentioned.


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