Taliban denies involvement in attack on Chinese engineers in Pakistan

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Photo: Reuters

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has denied any involvement in the recent attack on Chinese engineers in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. His statement came two days after Pakistani officials visited Afghanistan to discuss the incident.

The attack, which resulted in the deaths of five Chinese engineers and a Pakistani driver, had earlier been attributed to Afghan-based militants by a Pakistani Army spokesman. However, Mujahid, in an interview with Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), dismissed these claims, asserting that the Taliban were not responsible. He criticized Pakistani officials for their inability to provide security and urged them to address their own security shortcomings.

Mujahid emphasized the Taliban’s efforts to improve relations with Pakistan and warned that unfounded allegations could harm bilateral ties. The statement followed a visit by a Pakistani delegation to Afghanistan, where they discussed the findings of the Besham attack with the Taliban’s deputy interior minister, according to a statement from Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.

The incident occurred when a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of Chinese engineers in Besham city, leading to the fatalities of the Chinese workers and the Pakistani driver.