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Pakistan refuses talks with TTP, urges Afghanistan to act against terror groups

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, has firmly rejected negotiations with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and urged Afghanistan to take action against terrorist groups operating from its soil. Baloch emphasized on the need for Afghanistan to prevent activities aimed at destabilizing Islamabad. The statement comes in response to Afghanistan’s interim Interior Minister Muhammad Nabi Omari’s call for talks with TTP.

Baloch stated, “Pakistan remains committed to fighting all terrorist outfits that have targeted the country and the symbols of Pakistan-China friendship.” This stance indicates Pakistan’s strong position against any form of negotiation with the TTP. The history of past agreements with the TTP has resulted in setbacks, allowing militants to regroup and pose threats to security.

Senior analyst Adnan Shaukat highlighted the consequences of previous peace deals with the TTP, leading to the reorganization of militants within Pakistan. Shaukat pointed out the implications of Afghan government’s alleged support for TTP, creating challenges for Pakistan’s security. Despite denial from Afghan Taliban on TTP’s use of Afghan soil against Pakistan, tensions prevail between the two nations.

Pakistan’s defense minister, Khawaja Asif, reiterated that the source of terrorism in Pakistan lies in Afghanistan, emphasizing the lack of cooperation from Kabul in addressing cross-border security threats. Recent incidents, including airstrikes in response to attacks on Pakistani soldiers, have escalated tensions between the neighboring countries. Pakistan’s firm stance on dealing with terrorism reflects its commitment to safeguard national security interests.

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