New Delhi: The Afghanistan government has informed the Indian side that Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba is shifting base inside the country, media reports said.
The development comes even as the Taliban makes territorial gains in the country and the fear is that ungoverned places may be used by international terror groups.
India has been in various private meetings with various regional capitals, and has been raising this issue, especially the use of these places by Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
“The trend we have seen for last one year is that Pakistan has been trying to shift, all these international terror groups out north and south Waziristan into Afghanistan,” officials said.
Earlier this month, publically slamming Pakistan, Afghan President Ghani pointed out that “more than 10,000 ‘jihadi fighters entered the country from Pakistan in the last month’. He made the comments in the presence of Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the Uzbekistan connectivity summit and shows a sense of frustration in dealing with Islamabad.
6,000 Pak’s TTP terrorists still in Afghanistan: UN report
About 6,000 terrorists of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are operating from the Afghan side of the border as they have maintained ties with the Taliban despite growing distrust, a report prepared for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has warned.
While the TTP has “distinctive anti-Pakistan objectives”, it also supports the Taliban militants inside Afghanistan against Afghan Forces, according to the report prepared by the UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team.
The TTP is said to be traditionally located in the eastern districts of Nangarhar Province, near the border with Pakistan. A reunification of TTP and certain splinter groups, including Shehryar Mehsud group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), and Hizb-ul-Ahrar took place from December 2019 to August 2020 while Al-Qaeda was reportedly involved in the moderation between these groups, the report said.
“The return of splinter groups to the TTP fold has increased its strength, of which current Member State estimates the range between 2,500 and 6,000 armed fighters, with one Member State assessing that the upper range is more accurate,” the report says.