South Asia

Pakistan demands Taliban hand over TTP attackers of Chinese nationals

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan on Sunday demanded that the Taliban hand over Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists involved in the Besham attack on Chinese nationals.

“Whether Afghanistan tries the terrorists [in a court of law] or not, it should hand over the militants to Pakistan,” Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi said at a press conference.

Pakistan has recently urged Afghan authorities to curb TTP infiltration from across the border, leading to strained relations between the neighboring countries over the past two years.

At least six people, including five Chinese nationals, were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a bus transporting staff working on the Dasu hydropower project in Bisham, Shangla district, in March this year.

Pakistani authorities said the TTP orchestrated the Besham attack from inside Afghanistan.

Responding to a question, Naqvi said Pakistan’s government had contacted the interim authorities in Kabul, but “good results are not coming from there.”

This comes as Taliban has denied TTP presence in Afghanistan, calling it an “internal matter” for Pakistan.