Pakistan expressed concern that modern weapons released by the US military have now reached terrorists and these activities require global attention.
Before Joe Biden’s government came, the US military was fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. When the Biden administration ordered the US Army to withdraw, modern weapons were left there in a hurry. Many such pictures had also surfaced that even helicopters were standing there. At the same time, Pakistan expressed concern on Friday that the modern weapons left by the US Army have now reached the terrorists.
A few days back, Afghan insurgents attacked a Pakistani military post and killed four Pakistani soldiers. Regarding this, Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that these activities need global attention. He further said that we do not blame anyone but the weapons left in Afghanistan need global attention as they have now fallen into the hands of terrorist groups.
He said the issue of terrorist attacks emanating from Afghanistan has been taken up with the Afghan Interim Government.
Further, Mumtaz Zahra said that Pakistan is committed to eliminating terrorism. The statement came as the White House on Wednesday disagreed that the US has left nearly $7 billion worth of weapons and equipment in Afghanistan and that terrorist groups are now using those weapons against Pakistan.
He added that no equipment had been left behind by US forces. When we completed our evacuation efforts, there was a small amount of equipment and a few aircraft at the airport, but they were all out of order as soon as we left. He added that really, the only things we had left that the Taliban could take advantage of were some of the airport’s mechanic capabilities: tow trucks and ladder trucks, and some fire fighting equipment.
John Kirby reported that equipment that people were saying the Americans had left behind had been transferred to the Afghan National Security Forces prior to the US withdrawal. He said that they (official Afghan forces) dropped that equipment, not the US, as the Taliban advanced on Kabul and other places across the country.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistan Taliban, is an Islamist militant group formed in 2007. It opposes the U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan and challenges Pakistani government control in tribal areas. The TTP aims to establish strict Islamic law (Sharia) throughout Pakistan and an Islamic caliphate, potentially requiring the overthrow of the Pakistani government. It has ties to the Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda, primarily operates in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and has been involved in acts of violence, including bombings and attacks. The Pakistani government conducts counterterrorism efforts against the TTP to address its destabilizing influence in the region.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a militant group, has been responsible for a rise in violence in Pakistan, particularly in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. This surge in TTP attacks has resulted in numerous casualties, including soldiers and civilians. The group has reportedly improved its attack methods and acquired better weapons, possibly from the Afghan Taliban.
In January, a suicide bomber from the TTP targeted a mosque in Peshawar, killing over 100 people, mostly police personnel. The TTP has been involved in several other deadly attacks, and Pakistan has witnessed an increase in suicide attacks in recent months.
The Pakistani government has ruled out negotiations with the TTP since the militants unilaterally ended a ceasefire in November. There are concerns that the TTP has found refuge with the Afghan Taliban following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, which has strained relations between Islamabad and Kabul.
The rise in TTP violence poses a significant security challenge for Pakistan, and efforts to address this issue are ongoing.