Terrorist attacks in Pakistan surge since Taliban seized power in Afghanistan: report

KABUL: Terrorist attacks in Pakistan have risen 51% since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August last year, Afghan media Khaama said in a report.
He added that the increase in terrorist incidents shows that Pakistan’s decades-old Afghan policy, which Pakistan’s former Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government supported when it was in power, had failed.
According to a report by Khaama Press, the Afghan Taliban are challenging Pakistan by unleashing the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Pakistan. The leader of the PTI then Prime Minister of the country announced that the Taliban had broken “the chains of slavery”. Many other Pakistanis also celebrated at the time, but regret their statements today, the report said, adding that the Taliban’s buildup in Afghanistan has led to terror attacks in neighboring Pakistan.
According to Khaama’s press report, General Faiz Hameed, then Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), went above his then Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa and flew to Kabul in mid-2021 to support Taliban efforts against Panjshir fighters in northern Afghanistan.
It was also around this time that many TTP leaders were released by Pakistan, the report said, adding that Lt. Gen. Hameed visited Kabul again this year to persuade the Afghan Taliban to broker a deal. of peace with the TTP.
However, the peace treaty concluded then has been abrogated since November 28 of this year.
As soon as the new army chief of staff, General Asim Munir, took office, he met with senior generals at the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, the report noted, adding that the launch of a military operation on the TTP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and northern Balochistan was decided there.
This was followed by an attack on the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul in early December.
On December 11, the Taliban bombed the border areas of Pakistan, killing seven civilians. Pakistan in retaliation killed a Taliban fighter while wounding ten Afghan residents.
In addition, on December 15, the two sides exchanged artillery fire which killed at least one Pakistani civilian and injured 15 others.
Under the current regime, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while visiting many countries, has not visited the Afghan capital. Instead, he sent Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to Kabul. She was the first female minister to attempt to speak with the Taliban Defense Minister Mullah YakoobKhaama Press said, adding, however, that Yaqoob refused to meet her.
The report also said the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul in July 2022 by a US drone plunged already strained Afghan-Pakistani relations to a new low. The Taliban blamed Islamabad for al-Zawahiri’s death, which was not wrong as Pakistan had allowed the United States to use its airspace to launch the strike.


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