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Islamabad pressures Afghan Taliban, stressing similar threats of ISIS and TTP: Pakistani media

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According to Pakistani media, Pakistan seeks to convince world countries that groups like the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) pose a threat to all nations, not just Pakistan.

The Express Tribune reported that Islamabad hopes that countries take the TTP threat seriously and exert pressure on the Afghan Taliban.

The Pakistani officials, in a meeting with foreign officials, said that there is no difference between the Pakistani Taliban and ISIS and Islamabad urged representatives of countries to treat them like ISIS, as reported by the newspaper.

According to Express Tribune, many Pakistani officials consider ISIS a threat to themselves and the region but label the TTP as Pakistan’s problem.

ISIS has raised global concerns by conducting attacks in Pakistan, Iran, and recently Russia. Some former military and American politicians have warned of potential ISIS attacks on the United States. Additionally, some European countries have heightened their security measures after ISIS attacked Moscow.

A diplomatic source told Express Tribune that Pakistani officials have recently claimed cooperation between the Pakistani Taliban and ISIS. They said that ISIS in Afghanistan is largely launched by “terrorists who were previously part of the Pakistani Taliban movement and other associated groups.”

Meanwhile, the Afghan Taliban has rejected Pakistan’s requests to expel or control commanders and fighters of the Pakistani Taliban, who Pakistan claims operate in Afghanistan. The Taliban stated that the TTP has always been Islamabad’s internal problem and should be resolved by Pakistan itself.

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry announced last January that ISIS seeks to establish a base and intensify attacks against Shiites and religious minorities in the country.

Pakistan, at a recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting, warned of the ISIS-Pakistani Taliban threat. The organization expressed concern over international terrorist presence in Afghanistan, urging the Taliban to uphold promises.

Pakistani officials have stated that Afghanistan has once again become a “hub for terrorists.”

Despite the Taliban denying the presence of ISIS in Afghanistan and claiming to suppress the group, American officials have repeatedly warned about the extensive presence and activities of ISIS-Khorasan in Afghanistan.

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