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The 10-member delegation led by Afganistan’s GDI chief reportedly assured Pakistan of addressing its concerns over TTP in a quiet visit to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

According to reports, an Afghan Taliban delegation comprising intelligence and security officials recently visited Islamabad to discuss a way forward to address Pakistan’s concerns about Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Taliban members in Kabul also confirmed that a mid-level delegation led by General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) Chief Abdullah Ghaznavi traveled to Pakistan to discuss threats concerning TTP and Pakistan.

This visit was made after the visit of a high-level delegation led by Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and DG ISI Nadeem Ahmed Anjum to Kabul last month.

As per Pakistani media, the delegation was briefed on the steps taken by the Afghan government to deal with the TTP. The Pakistani delegation, however, termed the measures as unsatisfactory and called for concrete actions against TTP. It further said that the Pakistani delegation had provided evidence to Afghan authorities about the locations of the TTP leadership in Afghanistan during the last visit to Kabul.

Sources revealed that during their stay in Islamabad, the Afghan delegation held meetings with the relevant authorities to discuss the security situation and the fate of TTP and its affiliates.

A Kabul source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a 10-member delegation of the Taliban’s GDI visited Islamabad last week

Both sides remained silent during the visit. Sources in Islamabad said that considering the sensitivity of the matter, both sides decided to discuss such issues away from media headlines.

Sources in Kabul revealed that the two sides had made progress on various issues but were not authorized to make public statements.

Pakistan had expected the Afghan Taliban to address their concerns about the TTP after returning to power in August 2021. But contrary to expectations, TTP attacks in Pakistan have continuously increased.


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