Latest World News: Taliban urge Pakistan to pursue peace with TTP


The Afghan Taliban on Friday launched a new pitch for peace talks between Pakistan and the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as Islamabad’s efforts to secure action against the Kabul terror organization failed to move forward.

Pakistan dispatched its special envoy to Kabul this week for a three-day trip to send a clear message that the caretaker government must take decisive action against the TTP. But the Afghan Taliban told him after a series of meetings that Pakistan should follow the path of peace instead of resorting to force.

Ambassador Asad Durrani met with Acting Afghan Deputy Prime Minister Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, Acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi and other officials during his trip.

Official sources familiar with closed-door engagements told The Express Tribune that Afghan Taliban leaders had been told in no uncertain terms that Pakistan’s patience with the TTP was running out.

“The issue of terrorism, as I have said in the past, including in the last briefing, is a matter of serious concern for Pakistan. And Pakistan has raised this issue with the Afghan authorities on several occasions and at every major engagement that takes place between Pakistan and the interim Afghan authorities,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said during her weekly briefing.

“We discussed the terrorist threat emanating from Afghan soil,” she added when asked if Ambassador Durrani had raised the issue of cross-border terrorism with Afghan authorities.

But despite Pakistan’s insistence on acting against the TTP, the Afghan Taliban government is not ready to go that route.

The Afghan Deputy Prime Minister suggested to the Pakistani envoy to pursue the “path of peace” instead of the “use of force”, according to the sources. They said it was obvious that the Afghan Taliban were not interested in taking action against the TTP. Instead, Kabul once countered asking Pakistan to start peace talks with the TTP.

Pakistan abandoned the peace process after the TTP stepped up its attacks and took advantage of the first rounds of talks.

Civilian and military leaders decided that Pakistan would no longer seek talks with the TTP. But at any time, if talks are needed, these can only take place once the TTP has surrendered.

The Afghan deputy prime minister asked Durrani that Pakistan should prefer peace to war. He said that because of the bitter experience of the wars in Afghanistan, he would advise Pakistan to take the path of negotiations instead.

Maulvi Kabir said he sees peace in Pakistan for the benefit of Afghanistan and sees acts of violence as a loss for Afghanistan and as a Muslim country Afghanistan does not want fighting and unrest in Pakistan.

He assured the Pakistani envoy that the Afghan Taliban government had a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. He claimed that Afghanistan would not allow its soil to be used against any other country, including Pakistan.

The sources said Ambassador Durrani would brief the government upon his return from Kabul and give his assessment. The sources said Pakistan is unlikely to accept the Afghan Taliban’s offer.

The sources said that Pakistan will draw up its strategy taking into account the special envoy’s input.

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