In a major policy shift, Pakistan has decided not to support the Afghan Taliban’s case at the international level or extend any other assistance following Kabul’s failure to neutralise the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror group, according to a media report on Thursday.
At the same time, Islamabad will no longer extend any “special privileges” to the interim Afghan Taliban government in a move that suggests a deterioration in relations between the two neighbours, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.
The Express Tribune newspaper reported that the immediate implication of Pakistan’s apparent shift in its policy is that the chances of the Afghan Taliban government getting international recognition have become far slimmer than ever.
It should be mentioned that after the Taliban’s return to power, Pakistan emerged as its main backer and advocate, urging the international community and stakeholders particularly the Western countries to stay engaged with the new rulers in Kabul.
On the other hand, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar, said in a press conference Wednesday that after the Taliban regained control in Afghanistan, terrorist incidents in Pakistan have increased by 60%.
The Afghan Taliban government, however, insisted again on Wednesday that the country’s soil was not being used by militants to stage attacks on other countries, and said that Pakistan’s security problems were a domestic affair.
On claims of the caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, “We would like to say that the way the Islamic Emirate wants peace and stability in Afghanistan, it wants peace in Pakistan as well,” said spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, using the Taliban’s formal name for Afghanistan.