Kabul demands action against Taliban after Pak forces hit terror sanctuaries

On February 15, two suicide attacks took place in northern Pakistan - both claimed by Taliban militants.

In a press release issued Monday, Afghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the list contains details of terror training camps that are used as springboards to launch attacks in Afghanistan.

Pakistan had also sent reinforcements to the border and deployed heavy armament.

He also told the Senate that names of 76 terrorists have been forwarded to Afghanistan, and said that Afghanistan should also present names of terrorists in Pakistan if any.

Till now it was just China, Russia and Pakistan, which were discussing and deciding things on Afghanistan.

The demand from Kabul comes after the Pakistani military targeted militant hideouts near the Afghan border, killing dozens of militants and destroying many of their hideouts. The positions are thought to be operated by the extremist group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.

In a meeting with fellow officers on Monday, Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, ordered his troops to cooperate with their Afghan counterparts in preventing militants from crossing the border.

Given the common threat this phenomenon has created for Pakistan and Afghanistan, analysts pointed out, it would seem a flawless moment for their governments to join forces, especially when they are eager to prove to the new administration in Washington that they are serious about fighting Islamist insurgents and terrorists.

In Pakistan, Kugelman added, the Islamic State has been forming "opportunistic partnerships" with radical religious groups of all kinds, including some that officials had for political reasons been reluctant to curb.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, the list was handed over to Pakistani authorities through afghan ambassador to Pakistan, seeking action against militants operating on Pakistani soil.

Trade and traffic between the two countries have been badly hit in the wake of the attack. In Afghanistan, the 16-year war with the Taliban is at a stalemate, the defense forces are demoralized and stretched thin, and the government of President Ashraf Ghani is beset by divisions and administrative paralysis.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has authorised the country armed forces for cross boarder action against terrorist groups, a media report said on Tuesday.

  • Leroy Wright