South Asia

Kakar cites 60% rise in terrorist incidents in Pakistan linked to Taliban rule in Afghanistan

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Anwar ul-Haq Kakar, the acting prime minister of Pakistan, at a press conference on Wednesday, revealed that terrorist incidents in Pakistan have surged by 60 percent in the two years following the Taliban’s ascent to power in Afghanistan.

He further asserted that militants have been utilizing Afghan territory as a base of operations against Pakistan.

Kakar attributed responsibility for these incidents to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and claimed that the group “exploits Afghanistan’s soil for carrying out attacks on Pakistan.”

He clarified that Afghan immigrants in Pakistan holding proper documentation would not be affected by Pakistan’s recent decision to deport undocumented immigrants.

“Regrettably, in the wake of the transitional government’s establishment in Afghanistan, terrorist incidents have seen a 60% increase, with suicide attacks surging by 500%. Over the past two years, more than 2,200 Pakistani citizens have lost their lives in this violence. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan bears responsibility, using Afghan soil for orchestrating cowardly attacks on Pakistan,” he stated.

Kakar further disclosed, “15 Afghan citizens have been identified as participants in these attacks. Additionally, law enforcement agencies in Pakistan have reported the death of 64 Afghan citizens during confrontations. The Taliban are aware of these facts.”

He added, “Despite numerous assurances from the transitional Afghan government, no action has been taken against terrorist groups targeting Pakistan. On several occasions, compelling evidence of facilitating these terrorists has been uncovered.”

Kakar stressed, “Due to the Afghan government’s lack of cooperation, Pakistan has taken the decision to address its internal issues independently. Hence, the actions taken by Pakistan are neither unexpected nor surprising.”

For the past eight days, Pakistan has been actively implementing the deportation of undocumented immigrants. This decision has a significant impact, affecting nearly 1.7 million Afghan citizens residing in Pakistan.