By Mohammad Imran
ISLAMABAD: To keep the situation normal and to avoid any untoward incident at Pakistan Afghanistan International border Interim government of Afghan Taliban have start taking some stringent measures.
Afghan Taliban took the measures to secure the fencing by Pakistan after an incident in December 2021 at Pak-Afghan Boarder when a few Afghan Taliban were seen in a video disrupting and damaging the fence being built by Pakistan.
Sources privy to developments disclose that after that incident Pakistan made it clear that any damage to infrastructure at Pak-Afghan border including fencing would not be tolerated.
“In Afghanistan the interim government of Taliban made a major decision by evolving a mechanism in which Pakistan’s Interior Ministry would be looking after all issues related to frontiers check posts along with Afghan ministry of frontier region,” sources said.
After this development Afghan Interior ministry is busy making arrangements at Pak-Afghan border, sources added.
Sources further said it is hoped that after taking control of all frontier check posts along with Pak Afghan border, the movement of TTP would be curtailed.
“Recent visit of a senior Pakistani official to Kabul also helped to resolve the issue,” sources said.
Sources said the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was also suffering losses in Afghanistan. TTP lost many important commanders including Khalid Balti, former spokesperson of TTP, Muhmmad Hanif alias Ghazi along with his son and four aides in District Narang of Kunar. Haji Daud Mehsud, who was a close aide and commander of TTP Hakim Ullah Mehsud was killed by unknown people in Khost province of Afghanistan. Similarly, in Kunar province, Mufti Burjan former senior commander in Swat and close associate of TTP leader Mufti Noorwali was also killed due to an IED blast. Aslam Farooqi head of ISIS Pakistan was also killed, sources said.
“After the formation of Interim government in Afghanistan in August 2021, a senior minister of Afghan Taliban summoned TTP leadership to Kabul and gave a clear warning that TTP or ISIS or any other militant organization cannot continue its militant activities in Afghanistan,” sources mentioned.
Sources said Noorwali Wali Mehsud, head of TTP and Commander Mulavi Gul Bahdur were prominent among those who had attended the meeting.
Sources also said it was also proposed to TTP commanders by the senior minister that they should leave militancy; Afghan government would provide them land in Kanduz and they should start agriculture.
“The last option which was given to these TTP commanders was to start dialogue with Pakistan,” sources said.
After this meeting on 9th of November 2021 a ceasefire agreement took place.
However, TTP and ISIS continued terrorist activities in Pakistan and during the second week of December 2021 ceasefire agreement came to an end.
However, TTP Bajur and Jammat ul Ahrar refused to hold talks with Pakistan.
The conditions for a peace agreement proposed by TTP were Army would be withdrawn from both south and north Waziristan, all arrested commanders and foot soldiers would be released and pardoned and government would allot them land where they will live as per their rules, sources said.
These sources said when Afghan Taliban took over Afghanistan, around 2300 terrorists of ISIS, TTP and other terrorists outfit fled away from different jails including Shahab ul Muhajir who is head of ISIS Khurasan, Mulavi Faqeer Muhmmad of TTP.
When Faqeer Muhammad was arrested by the than Afghan Government he was a TTP commander but when he fled from jail, he was portrayed as ISIS commander, sources said.
Sources said that after establishment of interim Afghan Taliban government Mulvi Faqeer, Shahab ul Muhajir and 15 to 20 groups and former officers of NDS held a meeting at Shagal Dangum in Kunar and pledged that they would continue their efforts to bring Islamic Government in Pakistan also.
Sources said after recent steps taken by Afghan Taliban government, TTP and ISIS are facing problems and these would increase with the passage of time.
Muhammad Imran is an experienced senior journalist covering stories related defence, foreign affairs, religious parties and jihadi organisations since 1999. He has worked with top Pakistani print and TV organisations as a Special Correspondent and in management roles.