Militants who conduct attacks inside Pakistan have accessed sophisticated US weapons left behind in Afghanistan, according to a US-based broadcasting company.
According to the reports released by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the influx of US weapons has increased the military capabilities of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) groups to carry out terrorist attacks.
It is reported that the influx of advanced weapons from Afghanistan has caused an unprecedented level of violence in Pakistan in the past two years.
Following the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in August 2021, it is believed the US left behind military equipment and weapons including firearms, armored vehicles and more worth around $7 billion.
Since the Afghan Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, some of the American military equipment and weapons had turned up in Pakistan and were used by the militant groups to attack the Pakistani government, Radio liberty highlighted in its report.
“Militants picked up sophisticated weapons left behind by the Americans and waged war against the province’s police,” Moazzam Jan Ansari, former police chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had told journalists in November according to Radio Liberty.
The militant group’s access to sophisticated weapons had given them the upper hand over the lesser-equipped police force in Pakistan, with a terrifying impact, according to a Sweden-based research organization.
During the past two years, Pakistan experienced the worst spell in terms of security in decades. The outlawed TTP and BLA have carried out attacks across Pakistan, targeting military personnel, police officers, ISI officials and even ordinary people.
Amid the political chaos, security remains a major for crisis-hit Pakistan. currently, the country’s military institutions are struggling to crash terrorist hideouts along the border with Afghanistan.