The Pakistani military officials admitted that some residuals of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network still remain in Pakistan as the Afghan and US officials emphasize that the terror group’s leadership councils are based in the key cities of Pakistan, including Quetta city.
Addressing accusations of harbouring the Haqqani network on the Pakistan side, the Pakistani Military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor conceded that some residual strength may still remain in Pakistan, according to Dawn News.
However, he claimed that no ‘stable’ network of the Haqqani terrorist network existed in Pakistan.
In the meantime, the Pakistani military spokesman emphasized on the repatriation of the Afghan refugees as a prerequisite to act against the terror group, a claim which the Pakistani officials have repeatedly made under the growing pressures regarding the presence of the Taliban and Haqqani network leadership councils in the country.
He reiterated that the military desires respectable repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, “after which the army can target all remaining terrorist networks”.
This comes as the Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in Pakistan from where they plan and coordinate deadly attacks in Afghanistan.
In the meantime, reports emerged late on Saturday suggesting that the supreme of the Taliban group Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada and his two deputies have visited the Karachi city of Pakistan during the recent days.
Sirajuddin Haqqani is the deputy of Mullah Hebatullah as well as the leader of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network while Mullah Yaqoob, the son of the former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad, is operating as the military commission chief of the group.
According to the Afghan military, citing the credible sources, the top Taliban leaders reportedly visited Karachi city on invitation of the Pakistani officials.