South Asia

Pakistan summons Taliban charge d’affaires over Bannu attack

Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Tuesday summoned the Taliban’s charge d’affaires in Islamabad, conveying four demands, including the extradition of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, whose group is seen responsible for Sunday’s attack in Bannu that killed at least two people.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations reported that a suicide attack in Bannu’s Bakka Khel happened on Sunday, Nov. 26, in which two civilians were killed and 10 others, including three security forces personnel, were wounded.

The suicide bomber, affiliated with the Hafiz Gul Bahadur Group and identified as an Afghan national, targeted a security forces convoy on a motorcycle, the Pakistani military’s media wing said.

The Taliban’s charge d’affaires in Pakistan was called into the foreign office on Tuesday to address a strong protest over Sunday’s suicide attack, the 16th such attack in Pakistan carried out by an Afghan national, as reported by Pakistani media.

According to sources quoted by Pakistani media, the Taliban charge d’affaires was presented with four demands during the meeting. These demands included a thorough investigation into the Bannu attack and decisive action against both perpetrators and abettors. Pakistan also insisted on immediate “verifiable actions” against all terrorist groups and their sanctuaries.

Additionally, the Taliban representative was urged to apprehend Hafiz Gul Bahadar and surrender him to Pakistani authorities.

Islamabad reiterated its demand to Taliban to prevent the use of Afghanistan’s soil for terrorism against Pakistan.

Taliban so far has not commented on the matter.