The Afghan Taliban have arrested over 200 militants of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who were involved in the deadly attack on Chitral district in Pakistan. The arrest is a result of Pakistan’s efforts and continuous pressure on the Afghan Taliban to crack down on the TTP, which has been using Afghan soil to launch cross-border attacks on Pakistan.
The Afghan Taliban’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has also instructed the Afghan people not to fund or support the TTP, which he considers a terrorist group. He said that no one will be allowed to spoil the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which are both Islamic countries.
On September 21, 2023, the Afghan Taliban shared details of the crackdown against the TTP with Pakistan’s special envoy Asif Durani during a meeting in Kabul. The Afghan Taliban’s foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi also assured Durani that they would take “solid steps” to “neutralize” the activities of the militants who plan and execute attacks in Pakistan.
The Afghan Taliban have also started the process of relocating the TTP from the border areas to other parts of Afghanistan. The TTP’s presence and operations in Afghanistan have been a serious concern for Pakistan, which has suffered from numerous terrorist attacks by the TTP in recent years.
Earlier, on February 23, 2023, the Afghan Taliban had expressed their support for Pakistan to deal with the TTP due to its rampant terrorism. On August 6, 2023, the Afghan Taliban’s chief had also declared the cross-border attacks on Pakistan as forbidden and against the Islamic principles.
Pakistani authorities had shown “video evidence” and the bodies of the Taliban who were involved in the recent high-profile “terrorist” attacks and killed by the security forces, Voice of America confirmed. The attacks included the bombing of a luxury hotel in Quetta, the assassination attempt on Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, and the suicide attack on a paramilitary convoy in Balochistan. .. Source