UN Says Thousands Of Anti-Pakistan Militants Are In Afghanistan

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More than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents, the majority belonging to the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group attacking Pakistani military and civilians, are hiding in Afghanistan, a UN report has said.

“The total sum of Pakistani foreign terrorist militants based in Afghanistan, posing a threat to both nations, is estimated at between 6,000 & 6,500, most of them with TTP,” said the report.

A big threat for Pakistan is the presence of militants in Afghanistan, mainly linked to the TTP, Jamaat-al Ahrar (JuA) or Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI), as well as those with the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which has taken responsibility for high profile attacks this month in Sindh as well as in Balochistan. 

Several Pakistan military personnel have been martyred this month in Balochistan while in battle with insurgents.

The TTP took the blame for one of the most horrendous attacks in Pakistan in 2014 when The Army Public School (APS) was attacked, and 140 people – mainly children- were killed.

TTP-Daesh links

The report delivered this week said the organization has linked up with the Afghan-based Daesh affiliate, and few of its members have even joined the Daesh group, which has its headquarters in eastern Afghanistan.

The Afghan government did not respond to media requests on Sunday for comment.

The report said the Daesh in Afghanistan, known as Daesh in Khorasan province, has been hit hard by the Afghan Security Forces, US, and NATO forces and even on occasion by the Taliban. 

The report was prepared by the UN analytical and sanctions monitoring team, which tracks terrorist groups worldwide.

Daesh leadership

The report estimated the membership of Daesh affiliates in Afghanistan to be at 2,200. While its leadership has been depleted, it still counts among its leaders, a Syrian national Abu Said Mohammad al Khorasani.

The report additionally said the monitoring team had received information that two senior Daesh commanders, Abu Qutaibah and Abu Hajar al Iraqi, had recently arrived in Afghanistan from the Middle East.

“Although in territorial retreat, Daesh remains capable of carrying out high-profile attacks in various parts of the country, including Kabul. It also seeks to attract Taliban fighters who oppose the agreement with the United States,” said the report referring to a US peace deal signed with the Taliban in February.

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