Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said earlier today that as per the decision of the National Security Committee (NSC), there will be no talks with any terrorist or militant groups.
Pakistan has witnessed an unprecedented rise in terror activities throughout the country in the recent past, believe to have been planned and operated by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) based in Afghanistan.
The common belief is that TTP has an ideological connection with the Afghan Taliban, the group currently ruling Afghanistan. Pakistani Taliban have conducted more than 100 terror attacks across Pakistan after their months-long ceasefire with the Pakistani government ended on November 28.
The TTP has threatened the government of Pakistan that it will carry out attacks against the country’s political leadership due to the declaration of war against the militant group.
PM Shehbaz Sharif chaired the National Security Council (NSC) meeting in the week, which was attended by services chiefs, intelligence heads, and federal ministers. The end-meeting resolution stated that the country had zero tolerance for terrorism and will fight militancy using full force. The unequivocal opinion was expressed to defend the country’s national interests and not allow anyone to undermine the key concept of national security.
Meanwhile, according to sources, Pakistani fighter jets targeted TTP hideouts in Jalalabad, the eastern province of Afghanistan earlier today. Pakistan officials have repeatedly accused Afghan Taliban of giving sanctuaries to the militant groups
On the contrary, the Afghan Taliban Spokesperson Zabiullha Mujahid, on Tuesday said, “the Islamic Emirate is trying its best to ensure that the territory of Afghanistan is not used against Pakistan or any other country.” “Pakistani officials should take responsibility to fight terrorism and avoid using provocative and irresponsible language,” he added.