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UN says hundreds of anti-Pakistan militants in Afghanistan

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Consultant picture ISLAMABAD: A UN report says greater than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents, most belonging to the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group attacking Pakistani navy and civilian targets, are hiding in Afghanistan. The report launched this week mentioned the group has […]

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ISLAMABAD: A UN report says greater than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents, most belonging to the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group attacking Pakistani navy and civilian targets, are hiding in Afghanistan.
The report launched this week mentioned the group has linked up with the Afghan-based Islamic State affiliate and a few of its members have even joined the IS group, which has its headquarters in jap Afghanistan.
The Afghan authorities didn’t reply to The Related Press requests Sunday for remark.
The report mentioned the IS in Afghanistan, generally known as IS in Khorasan province, has been hit onerous by the Afghan Safety Forces, in addition to US and NATO forces and even now and again by the Taliban. The report was ready by the UN analytical and sanctions monitoring staff, which tracks terrorist teams world wide.
The report estimated the membership of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan at 2,200 and whereas its management has been depleted it nonetheless counts amongst its leaders a Syrian nationwide Abu Stated Mohammad al-Khorasani.
The report additionally mentioned the monitoring staff had acquired info that two senior Islamic State commanders, Abu Qutaibah and Abu Hajar al-Iraqi, had just lately arrived in Afghanistan from the Center East.
“Though in territorial retreat, (the Islamic State) stays able to finishing up high-profile assaults in varied components of the nation, together with Kabul. It additionally goals to draw Taliban fighters who oppose the settlement with the USA,” mentioned the report referring to a US peace deal signed with the Taliban in February.
That deal that was struck to permit the US to finish its 19 12 months involvement in Afghanistan additionally calls on the Taliban to ensure its territory won’t be utilized by terrorist teams. The deal can also be anticipated to ensure Taliban all-out participation within the struggle in opposition to the Islamic State.
The second and maybe essentially the most crucial a part of that settlement requires talks between the Taliban and Kabul’s political management.
Late on Saturday the US State Division issued a press release saying its peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was once more shuttling by means of the area looking 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 have supplied to free alternate options. The Taliban has 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 battle,” mentioned the US State Division assertion. “Though important progress has been made on prisoner exchanges, the difficulty requires extra 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 ul Adha which is on the finish of the month, offering the prisoner launch is accomplished.
An enormous fear for Pakistan is the presence in Afghanistan of militants, notably linked to the TTP or Jamaat-al Ahrar or Lashkar-e-Islam, in addition to these with the Baluchistan Liberation Military, which has taken duty for prime 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 duty for one of the horrific assaults in Pakistan in 2014 when a Pakistani military faculty was attacked and 140 had been killed. Most had been college students and a few had been as younger as 5.
“The full variety of Pakistani overseas terrorist fighters in Afghanistan, posing a risk to each nations, is estimated at between 6,000 and 6,500, most of them with TTP,” mentioned the report.

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