Islamic Emirate rejects allegations about TTP presence in Afghanistan

KABUL (SW) – The Islamic Emirate has on e again rejected allegations by Pakistan about presence of the TTP fighters inside Afghanistan.

Following the statements of Asif Ali Khan Durrani, Pakistan’s special representative for Afghanistan, regarding the presence of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members in Afghanistan and the use of this country’s soil against Pakistan, the caretaker government’s spokesperson in Kabul says that Pakistan should stop accusing Afghanistan. Zabihullah Mujahid said there is no evidence to show that members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are present in Afghanistan.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the caretaker government of the Islamic Emirate, told Salam Watandar: “This claim that there are 6,000 TTP fighters in Afghanistan is false. Second, we will not allow Afghanistan’s soil to be used against Pakistan. In this case, we are serious and they should not accuse us and understand the exact issues. They should share information with us about the involvement of Afghans in the attack on Pakistanis.”

Asif Ali Khan Durrani, Pakistan’s special representative for Afghanistan, recently in a conversation with a Pakistani media, worried about the existence of safe havens of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Afghanistan and said that “six thousand fighters of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan” are currently present in Afghanistan and carrying out attacks. They are against the security forces of this country, he said.

He added: “We know Afghanistan very well and we know what is happening there, the TTP leadership is active there. In the Chitral attack, Noor Wali Masoud was seen in the videos as the leader of this attack and that the Afghan Taliban and TTP are committed to each other about the same goal.

After the establishment of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s senior officials have repeatedly claimed that members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are active in Afghanistan and launch attacks against Pakistan’s security forces from inside Afghanistan.

On the other hand, a number of international relations experts say that the continuation of tensions between Pakistan and the Islamic Emirate over the presence or absence of members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban in Afghanistan can cause serious damage to the relations between the two countries.

Seyed Farhad Masoumi, an international relations expert, says that the confrontation between the two countries over the presence of members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban will have negative consequences for both countries, especially Afghanistan.

He adds: “The increase in confrontation between the two countries may lead to an increase in border conflicts between the two countries, and on the other hand, with the spread of the confrontation, the Pakistanis may use the pressure levers they have. On the other hand, Afghanistan needs good relations with its neighbors in order to expand economic relations. The only border that connects Afghanistan to South Asia is the land border with Pakistan. So, with the continuation of this tension, Afghanistan’s trade with South Asia will decrease.”

Another international relations expert, Mahmoud Anzarebi, said: “The issues that Pakistan mentions are rooted in the country’s long-standing enmity. Pakistan does not want any kind of government in Afghanistan and wants conditions to be created in Afghanistan that Pakistan wants to do in Afghanistan. For this reason, this country is looking for excuses.”