Brigadier General Abdul Raziq, the police chief of southern Kandahar province has said that Taliban plan to shift Quetta Shura from Pakistan to Afghanistan.
According to Brig. General Raziq, Taliban with support from Pakistan have ramped up their activities in northern parts of Helmand province in order to pave way for applying their plan.
Brig. General Raziq has provided the following details about the plan:
To occupy northern districts of Helmand province in three months and shift Quetta Shura there, Pakistan will get a chance to remove the bad name associated with it for housing Taliban and other terrorist groups, after spending about a week in Helmand province, the Shura would be moved back to Quetta and Karachi cities from where they would again continue their activities in Afghanistan under the instructions of Pakistan’s military and ISI as normal.
Taliban had also planned to bring their Supreme Leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour to Afghanistan but Afghan National Security Forces foiled their plan in northern Kundoz province.
A large scale coordinated attack was launched by Taliban on this province last week in order to occupy its capital and bring Mullah Mansour for a media gathering but Afghan forces rebuffed the attack.
Afghan leaders say that Islamabad is in an undeclared war with Kabul and support insurgent groups in Afghanistan.
In several occasions, Afghan government has asked Pakistan to act against the enemies of Afghanistan enjoying safe heavens there but so far only empty promises have been made with Afghan officials.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in a visit to Kabul said that Afghanistan’s enemy is Pakistan’s enemy but still no action against Quetta and Peshawar Shuras, considered to be the back bone of Taliban.
Quetta is the capital of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province and Peshawar is the capital city of its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where reportedly Taliban commanders get to gather and issue rulings to militants on the ground in Afghanistan.