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Pakistan and America’s Common Problem With the Taliban

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

With the reemergence of the Taliban to power and the American force’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after two decades, one of the key promises was not to provide safe havens for the terror groups.

The growing instability, violence, bombing and attacks taking place across Afghanistan is of great concern to all stakeholders, including Pakistan and the US, in particular. The de facto regime in Kabul is yet to fulfill the initial promise and avoid providing sanctuaries to the terror groups.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreeke-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Afghan Taliban’s ideological twin, already broke down the shaky year-long ceasefire and apprehension is growing in Pakistan on whether the promise will hold, and TTP would not receive support from the Afghan Taliban.

Cross-border shelling between the Afghan and Pakistani forces took place at the Spin Boldak crossing point twice over the past week, taking the lives of scores of civilians and injuring more from both sides. Both sides blamed each other for the incidents with no guarantee of preventing similar attacks in the future.

This comes as the security situation in Afghanistan has de-escalated over the past month. Target attacks and bombings took place in a Chinese-run hotel and the Pakistani Diplomatic Mission in Kabul, which sparked further tensions over the foreign diplomat and entity’s security in the capital, and the terror groups’ sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

Like the Afghan Taliban, the Pakistani Taliban want to overthrow their country’s government and impose their own strict Islamic code. Mehsud, a Pakistani Taliban commander stated that they want support from the Afghan Taliban in the fight against the Pakistani government as they once did to their ideological twin in the fight against the Afghan government.

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