Update: February 17, 2022 10:55 p.m. STI
Islamabad [Pakistan]Feb. 17 (ANI): Contrary to claims made about efforts to eradicate networks of militant groups from its territory, the continued increase in terrorist attacks, in 2021, compared to 2020, shows that the reality is quite different.
Since the return to power of the Afghan Taliban, Pakistan continues to support them without officially recognizing the Taliban government. Still, major issues have arisen between the two sides.
The anti-Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been emboldened by the Afghan Taliban’s rise to power and has escalated violence against Pakistani security forces.
The Afghan Taliban also remains reluctant to act against Afghanistan-based TTP leaders and cadres – instead appearing to offer the TTP sanctuary and substantial support.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Taliban have publicly contested the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, particularly the colonial-era Durand Line, with tensions rising after Taliban fighters dismantled sections of the Pakistani border fence.
Writing for geopolitica.info, Di Valerio Fabbri said the TTP had escalated terror attacks in the country since the Afghan Taliban seized power in Kabul, and Islamabad’s interior minister said the trend could continue in the months to come.
Fabbri said Pakistan’s lack of preparedness to deal with the issue has exacerbated the disconnect between Islamabad’s national counter-terrorism policy and the escalation of violence.
“Pakistan does not lack imagination to consider emerging threats and challenges, but hardly changes its conduct, which has created a disconnect between policy and practice.”
Recent attacks in which many Pakistani soldiers have been killed suggest there has been an upsurge in terrorist activity in the country since the Taliban took control of Kabul last year.
An Islamabad-based think tank, the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, recently released a report endorsing fears that Pakistan has been sliding slowly into chaos and instability over the past two years, according to The Diplomat magazine.
In January alone, several terrorist incidents rocked Pakistan as major cities including Islamabad and Lahore were targeted.
According to Fabbri, instead of devising a proactive strategy to mitigate the imminent risks, Pakistan has chosen to rely on nonsensical thinking and appeasement of militants. (ANI)