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  • Updated: August 17, 2023

Strained Afghan-Taliban Relations Impact Pakistan's Security

Strained Afghan-Taliban Relations Impact Pakistan's Security

As the Afghan Taliban commemorated their two-year rule over Afghanistan, a cloud of uncertainty looms over their once-loyal neighbour and ally, Pakistan.

The relationship between the two countries has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, with Pakistan pointing fingers at Kabul for a series of deadly attacks within its borders.

In a series of escalating accusations, top Pakistani officials have blamed the Taliban administration for failing to prevent the movement of armed groups across the porous border.

The recent suicide bombing in Bajaur district, which claimed over 54 lives and was attributed to an ISIS affiliate, has raised alarm bells in Islamabad.

In a fervent denial of Pakistan's accusations, the Taliban administration, while condemning the Bajaur blast, vehemently rejected the claims.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the chief spokesperson for the Taliban administration, criticized Pakistani officials for shifting blame instead of bolstering their own security measures.

He clarified that the Taliban had no intention of facilitating attacks on Pakistan and emphasized their commitment to preventing Afghanistan's soil from being used against its neighbour.

Pakistan's security landscape has taken a grim turn, with an escalating number of attacks in its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Bajaur is located.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an outlawed group aligned with the Afghan Taliban but operating independently, has claimed responsibility for a majority of these attacks.

High-level talks between the two countries have failed to quell the acts of violence, with the TTP remaining a persistent threat.

The shared historical ties and backgrounds between the Afghan Taliban and the TTP create a complex dynamic that hampers efforts to mitigate the crisis.

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