Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has expressed the view that the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is currently in a state of “disarray” after Indian support for it has been halted.
Commenting on dramatic changes in neighbouring Afghanistan, Chaudhry stated:
“We should be satisfied to know with regards to the TTP that for the first time the process of Indian funding, which had been going on for a long time, has ended and at this time they are in disarray.”
Chaudhry opined that Pakistan could handle the security threat posed by the TTP on its own, now that the armed group was deprived of funding from foreign sources.
The Information Minister took a positive view of the announcement by Afghanistan’s new Taliban-led regime that it will not allow the country to be used for terrorism against other states. He expressed confidence that the Taliban would make good on this assurance, adding:
“Pakistan’s top terrorists from the BLA [Balochistan Liberation Army] and TTP are sitting in Afghanistan and we want them.”
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid had earlier made reference to similar assurances from the Taliban-led setup in neighbouring Afghanistan.
In a statement last week, Pakistan’s Foreign Office had said:
“Pakistan has been taking up the issue of the use of Afghan soil by the TTP for terrorist activities inside Pakistan with the previous Afghan government and would continue raising the issue with the incoming government in Kabul as well to ensure that the TTP is not provided any space in Afghanistan to operate against Pakistan.”