Islamabad Reluctant To Tackle Taliban On Its Soil: MoI

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Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday that Pakistan is reluctant to heed Afghanistan’s call for them to eliminate the Taliban on its soil and that Islamabad has failed to realize the importance of eradicating the insurgent group in its country.

There is no indication of Pakistan’s willingness to target the Taliban and destroy their military bases on its soil, said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the ministry of interior on Sunday.

The MoI lashed out over Pakistan’s policy on the Taliban. This comes during heightened tension in Afghanistan over an unprecedented surge in violence in the country.

On Sunday, the MoI said the scale of threats and insurgency in the country has been quite high, something the ministry believes has made difficult for Afghan forces to tackle.

Statistics reveal that right now, 14 districts are without security forces while another 111 districts are under serious security threats with the security forces battling Taliban on several fronts.

“The scale of threats are much higher. There are several terrorist groups that operate in Afghanistan. We cannot settle all threats within three or four months despite the security forces’ continued efforts during winter. We launched operations in every area where there was a threat,” Sediqqi said.

It is believed that the Taliban has returned to certain areas from where they were pushed back by security forces in recent months.

“In areas where you do not work, the enemy works there, districts where there is no district chief are areas under control of the enemy. The enemy completes its works there,” former deputy minister of interior, Mirza Mohammad Yarmand said.

Meanwhile, some Afghan political commentators have said that the lack of government’s sovereignty in some parts of the country has brought about a power vacuum, which helps insurgents infiltrate these areas.

According to statistics, currently 18 districts are without chiefs, 14 districts are without security forces while another 111 districts are under serious security threats including 24 districts where there are development projects.

On the issue of Pakistan, Sediqqi said: “Their funding sources weren’t rooted out and Madrasas where they are providing training were not closed.”

While concerns over the upsurge in Taliban insurgency in the country gathers momentum, the interior ministry once again pointed a finger at Pakistan’s Taliban policy, accusing the neighboring nation of not helping to bring Taliban to its knees and for failing to strengthen peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Afghan forces are currently involved in 16 counterinsurgency operations in twelve provinces in their bid to curb Taliban advances.

Despite the embattled Afghan forces having inflicted heavy casualty tolls against the resurgent movement, the Taliban’s insurgency shows no sign of ending.

So far in these operations, 100 Taliban members have been killed and another 30 Taliban fighters wounded.

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