Pakistan decides to talk with Mullah Haibatullah to rein in terrorists, AFP

TTP benefited most from Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, UNSC assessment in May 2022

Government of Pakistan has made the decision to ask the “hidden” Supreme Leader of the Afghan Taliban for assistance after the suicide bombing of the Peshawar Police Line mosque and the ensuing murders of over 100 people.

Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, leader of the Afghan Taliban, will be urged to control terrorists operating out of Pakistan by Islamabad, news agency AFP has reported.

Attacks in regions near Pakistan’s Afghan border have dramatically increased since the Taliban regained control of Kabul. These hostile regions are used by militants to launch and evade assaults.

The Peshawar blast on Monday has been attributed to a branch of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Haibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the TTP, issues instructions from one of his camps in the southern city of Kandahar and holds beliefs similar to those of the Afghan Taliban.

The special assistant to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif told AFP that a team will be dispatched to Tehran and Kabul to ask them to guarantee that terrorists do not utilize their turf against Pakistan.

Under the condition of anonymity a senior police officer in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa told AFP that the Kabul delegation will speak to higher officials. Higher officials refer to Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada when we use the phrase.

Amir Khan Muttaqi, the foreign minister of Afghanistan, however, cautioned Pakistan on Wednesday not to place responsibility on others.

Even though it pledged a military cooperation with the US, Pakistan is accused of secretly aiding the Afghan Taliban during its 20 years in power. But since the Afghan Taliban took control of Kabul in 2021 their ties to Pakistan have been strained.

The rise of the Pakistani Taliban, also known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is one cause of this (TTP). The TTP was founded in 2007 by terrorists from Pakistan who split from the Afghan Taliban. The TTP had ruled over a sizable portion of northwest Pakistan but in 2014 it was destroyed by military operations.

However, the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies reports that during the first year of the Taliban’s rule, Pakistan had a 50 percent rise in insurgent assaults which were mostly centered in regions that shared borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

The TTP benefited the most from the Taliban takeover of all foreign extremist groups in Afghanistan, according to a United Nations Security Council assessment dated May 2022. The truce that resulted from Kabul’s mediation of peace talks between Islamabad and the TTP last year has already expired.