Taliban Slams Islamabad on TTP Issue: “Didn’t Sign Doha Peace Deal with Pak”
After the Taliban-led interim government in Afghanistan claimed they did not sign the Doha Peace Agreement with Pakistan, the Pakistani political establishment and army are concerned that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacks would likely continue.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban, said earlier this week on BBC Pashto that the terrorist organization did not sign the peace agreement with Islamabad. According to the think tank Council on Foreign Relations, the Doha Peace Agreement was a pact between the US and the Taliban that addressed four issues: reducing violence, withdrawing foreign troops, starting intra-Afghan negotiations, and ensuring Afghanistan won’t once more serve as a haven for terrorists.
In reaction to statements made by the Pakistani defense minister Khawaja Asif, who claimed that the Taliban is not upholding its end of the bargain, Mujahid made a statement to BBC Pashto.
However, Mujahid also said that Pakistan was a “Muslim and brother country” and refuted the notion that terrorists are now using the territory of Afghanistan as a sanctuary.
Pakistan expressed its fear that terrorists had discovered a safe haven in the neighboring nation in light of the rising assaults being carried out by the TTP.
Two days after a series of assaults claimed the lives of 12 of its troops, the Pakistani Army issued a warning stating that it will respond “effectively.”
According to the Pakistan Army, “(the army) has serious concerns regarding the safe havens and freedom of action available to TTP in Afghanistan.”
“A reasonable assessment of Kabul’s assertion. Regardless of Afghanistan’s position, Pakistan remains steadfast in its commitment to eliminating all forms of terrorism from its territory. Regardless of Kabul’s desire to contain extremists inside its borders, this is the case, Khawaja Asif said in a tweet on Sunday in response to the news.
Farhatullah Babar, the head of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), described the incident as “disturbing.”
Attacks carried out by the TTP have claimed the lives of at least 850 individuals across Pakistan. In the latter half of 2022, the gang cancelled the cease-fire agreement with the authorities. The TTP next carried out a devastating bombing at a mosque in Peshawar, and in yet another significant assault, it struck the police headquarters in Karachi.