Pakistan's Premier Multilingual News Agency

US urged Taliban to ensure Afghan land not used for terrorism

Pakistan warned the Taliban to take an effective response as terror attacks increased rapidly in the country.

Washington, 18 July, 2023 (GNP): The United States of America restated on Tuesday that the Afghan Taliban should ensure that their land would not be used for terror attacks soon after Pakistan blamed it for providing shelter to unyielding Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The spokesperson of the US State Department Matthew Miller said during a press conference, “Taliban has the responsibility to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a safe haven for launching terrorist attacks.”

Also Read: Afghan Taliban’s shelling on Pakistan border

However, this statement came after the high-ranking officials of the Pakistan Army stated, “The sanctuaries and lib­erty of action available to the terrorists of proscribed TTP and other groups of that ilk in a neighboring country and availability of latest weapons to the terrorists were noted as major reasons impacting the security of Pakistan.”

The Pakistan Army pointed out that the TTP had acquired access to the advanced weaponry due to their sanctuaries in Afghanistan, at the 258th Corps Commanders Conference (CCC) under the chairmanship of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir.

The number of terror attacks has increased in Pakistan since November last year when the TTP backed off from its ceasefire agreement with the government of Pakistan after the armed forces intensified their operation against the terrorists.

Also Read: US Arms Abandoned in Afghanistan, Now in TTP’s Hands

Last week, Pakistan’s army officials said it was seriously concerned that militants had found safe havens in the neighboring nation and warned to take an “effective response” after 12 of its soldiers were martyred in two terror attacks recently.

According to the report issued by the self-reliant think tank ‘Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies’ (PICSS), terror activities in the country have risen by 79% during the first half of 2023.