A list of Pakistan’s “most wanted” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists operating from Afghanistan has been handed over to the Afghan Taliban for action against the banned outfit.
It is also being reported that Afghan Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada has set up a three-member commission to investigate Islamabad’s claim that the TTP is using Afghanistan to launch terrorist attacks in Pakistan.
According to reports, the list was recently shared with the Afghan Taliban leadership after they took control of Kabul. According to an unnamed senior Pakistani official quoted in the press, Islamabad had initiated talks of action against the TTP as it
An unnamed senior Pakistani official close to these developments was quoted in this regard in The Express Tribune on Monday. He said Islamabad was expecting the new Afghan Taliban-led government in Kabul to take action against the TTP militants. The TTP chief and other top commanders are likely to be on this list, although it has not yet been made public.
Separately, the Voice of America (VOA) has reported that a commission set up by the Afghan Taliban has been urging anti-Pakistan militants to stop violence against the neighboring country and return to their homes across the border.
VOA reported that the TTP leaders were being urged to “settle their problems with Pakistan and return to the country in exchange for possible amnesty by the government.”
VOA’s sources in Islamabad also insisted that the amnesty would be offered in line with the country’s Constitution and would require the militants to surrender their weapons.
Afghan Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has told media agencies that, “we will not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against any neighboring country, including Pakistan. So, they should not have any concern.”
Recently, the TTP chief issued a statement congratulating the Afghan Taliban victory and renewed allegiance to its chief Akhundzada. It is also being reported that the Afghan Taliban released many TTP terrorists, including its former deputy chief Maulvi Faqir Muhammad from jail.