On Monday, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General called on the Afghan Taliban to prevent terrorist organizations from attacking Pakistan or any other neighboring country from Afghanistan soil.
In response to a question, the UN chief regarding the late cross-border attacks said that Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan [TTP] has conducted several terrorist attacks against Pakistan resulting in many casualties.
“We consider that it is absolutely essential for the Afghan Taliban not to allow any form of terrorist activity that might have an impact in relation to Pakistan, as in relation to any other country of the region,” the UN chief said.
Following the recent cross-border shelling, the tension between Islamabad and Kabul has soared. Pakistan’s government baled the Afghan Taliban border security forces for the unprovocative attacks causing the death and injury of local civilians and military officials on both sides.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan had summoned Afghanistan’s Chief Diplomat in Islamabad to discuss the border attacks in the Chaman-Spin Boldak area twice in one week. Also, some Pakistani senators called on the Pakistan government to review its policy towards Afghanistan as the recent attacks and the TTP’s recall of their year-long ceasefire came to an end, adding further security tensions across Pakistan.
Furthermore, a group of Pakistani Ulema will travel to Afghanistan in the near future to discuss security matters with the interim regime of Afghanistan.
One of the critical components of the Doha agreement between the Taliban and the U.S. was not to allow or host terror groups to use Afghan territory against other countries or to harm the national interest of America and its allies. Whether the Afghan Taliban live to their commitments is yet to be seen.