Continuing threat from TTP militant group to Pakistan’s security: UNSC report

ISLAMABAD: A report by the United Nations Security Council recalled the continuing threat to Pakistan’s security from the Afghanistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and warned that the prospects for success of the process Ongoing peace with the feared terrorist group was grim, according to a media report.
The 1988 Taliban Sanctions Committee Monitoring Team’s Annual Report noted the TTP’s ties to the Afghan Taliban and explained how the group benefited from the fall of the Ghani regime last year and discussed its relationship with d other terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan.
The banned TTP, the report notes, had up to 4,000 fighters based in the eastern and southeastern areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and was the largest group of foreign fighters based there. according to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn.
It was the team’s first report to the committee since the Taliban took over Kabul in August last year.
Originally, the report focused on the Taliban’s domestic policies, its finances, its relations with Al-Qaeda, Daesh and other terrorist groups, and the implementation of UNSC sanctions.
The launch of the report coincided with the start of the third round of talks between the Pakistani government and the TTP last Thursday.
The first round of talks, held in November last year, culminated in a month-long ceasefire which was later broken after the TTP accused Islamabad of not keeping its promises.
The TTP then resumed its attacks on Pakistani forces. Statistics compiled by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies reveal that this year the militant group has carried out nearly 46 attacks, mostly against law enforcement personnel, in which 79 people lost their lives.
On March 30, the TTP, emulating the Afghan Taliban’s strategy during the US war in Afghanistan, announced a “spring offensive” against security forces here.
The peace process, which is being facilitated by Taliban Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, meanwhile resumed earlier this month after both sides took confidence-building measures.
TTP activists have been fighting alongside Pakistani security forces since 2008, when the group was founded, to push for the application of Sharia laws in the country.
However, the group is being pressed by the Afghan Taliban for talks with the Pakistani government to end the conflict.
The TTP first announced a ceasefire on the occasion of Eid, then extended it after Pakistan released some of its commanders (TTP), who were then in the corridor of the death.
The round, in which the Pakistani delegation was led by the Peshawar Corps Commander, Lt. Gen. Faiz Hamid, ended with both sides presenting their demands, according to the report.
The TTP demanded the withdrawal of security forces from the former tribal areas, the cancellation of the FATA merger with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the withdrawal of charges against its fighters and their release, and the introduction of the “Nizam- e-Adl” based on Sharia in Malakand Division.
Although the security forces say here that these demands are unacceptable and that their acceptance would mean the capitulation of the state, the government delegation still entered the third round of the talks.
The Pakistani government’s top priority in the latest cycle is to secure an extension of the ceasefire, which expires on May 30.
The Pakistani side, however, maintained complete silence on the talks.
The UN report warned that ‘the group (TTP) is focused on a long-term campaign against the Pakistani state’, implying ‘ceasefire agreements have a limited chance of success’ .
Importantly, the TTP, which has recently been invigorated by the return of 17 splinter groups to its fold, believes that maintaining a tough stance in talks with the Pakistani government would help maintain unity within its ranks. .
Sirajuddin Haqqani, whose Haqqani network is said to be independent of the grouping within the Afghan Taliban, was “counted more than anyone in the de facto administration” to mediate in this process, highlighting the influence that he holds onto the TTP and other Pashtun groups.
The report observed that compared to other foreign militant groups, the TTP was the biggest beneficiary of the Taliban takeover last year and used this opportunity to carry out attacks and operations in Pakistan.
“The TTP also continues to exist as a stand-alone force, rather than feeling pressure to merge its fighters into Afghan Taliban units, as is the case with most foreign terrorist fighters,” he said. added.

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