Pakistan seeks public decree from Taliban leader against TTP, Pakistani media reports
Pakistan is seeking a public decree from the Taliban’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada declaring activities of Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as un-Islamic, Pakistani media reported.
According to The Express Tribune, Pakistan’s call for a direct order from the Taliban leader comes in response to a recent increase in terrorist attacks across the country.
In July, Pakistan dispatched a senior diplomat to Kabul for a three-day visit, delivering a clear message to the Taliban that they must honor the pledges they made to the international community under the Doha Agreement.
According to the Pakistani media, during discussions, Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s special representative on Afghanistan, emphasized the need for the Taliban to fulfill their promises, particularly in preventing the TTP from operating in Afghanistan.
The demand come following the Taliban’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, declared cross-border attacks as “haram” (forbidden) and forbade Taliban fighters from carrying out attacks outside Afghanistan.
The Taliban leader’s decree was circulated internally and was not made public. However, Pakistan has urged the Taliban to make the decree public, as it believes that only then will it have an impact.
Earlier Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Asim Munir, threatened the Taliban with an “effective response” if it does not stop harboring militants who plot cross-border attacks in Pakistan.
However, the Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, in a statement on Wednesday denied Pakistan’s consistent allegations that Afghanistan soil is used for cross-border militant attacks, stating that Pakistan should find a solution to tackle terror threats on its own.
Mujahid said that Afghanistan is not responsible for the security failure of its neighbors, referring to Pakistan to manage its security situation carefully and not blame Afghanistan.