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Editorial: Terror sponsor

It is an open secret that Pakistan is godfather of different terrorist outfits, including but not limited to the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Muhammad, al-Qaeda, Harkatul Mujahideen, and Daesh.

Documents have been recovered from Daesh fighters, showing they receive command from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to wage war against Afghanistan generally and in Nangarhar province particularly. These documents are solid evidence that the neighboring country is sponsoring terrorist organizations as a tool to pursue foreign policy objectives.

In an effort to find alternative for Taliban insurgents, Pakistan is now busy in breeding and supporting Daesh terrorists in Afghanistan to continue the war. It wants to see Daesh as Taliban’s successor as the latter is losing ground and started questioning the military establishment of Pakistan over its Afghan polices. Islamabad has adopted two-prong policy by keeping pressure on the Afghan government as well as the Taliban.

Once, the Taliban insurgents were deadly force as they killed and wounded hundreds of people in the past. Still they are carrying out attacks, leaving large numbers of people in tears. But after killing their leaders in Pakistan, they are no more worthy to be a strategy-depth for its supporters. Since the government is pushing international community, especially the United States to eliminate their hideouts exists in Pakistani soil, at somehow only Daesh is left as an alternative to Taliban. Documents show fighters loyal to Daesh terrorists mostly the residents of Orakzai Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. It shows militants coming from Pakistan to fight under the name of Daesh terrorist group.

Provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani has recently said documents obtained from the dead bodies and those arrested during the operations in Achin, Kot, Haska Mina and other parts of Nangarhar, reveal that they are originally resident of Orakzai Agency.

It is clear that Daesh loyalists are mostly comprised of Pakistani nationals. Some report suggests that 30 percent of Kot district is under the control of Daesh militants. However, there is no concerning argument for the Afghan masses, as we believe in strong hands of Afghan National Security and Defense Forces. They are the true son of this soil, and will protect Afghanistan from any form of insurgency, as they are doing now. There is no doubt in this matter. In his visit to Nangarhar, President Ashraf Ghani ordered security forces to suppress Daesh insurgents from every nook and corner of the country within next few weeks.

Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Advisor, told newsmen in the province that most of Daesh fighters are holding Pakistani citizenship. The government has a clear obligation to protect people of Afghanistan from terrorist attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. But the core reason behind insecurity that claim lives, are Pakistani-backed terrorist groups. The government should raise the issue with the United Nations. Pakistan’s weight behind insurgent groups are intolerable. It must be brought to justice. There are plenty of evidence at international platforms that Pakistan is supporting Taliban, al-Qaeda, Daesh, and other terrorist groups. If silence policy remain constant toward Pakistani-based terrorists, it would not be too long to see another act of violence, engineered from there. And mere condemnations could not cure the pain of those who to lose their dearest and nearest one, as they lost in several deadly attacked.

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