ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Thursday demanded neighboring Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers stop terrorist assaults coming from their soil, a day after a suicide bombing in Pakistan’s southwest despatched a wave of shock and anger throughout the nation.
The bombing killed 4 individuals and appeared to focus on police defending polio employees within the space. Islamabad blamed the assault on the Pakistani Taliban fighters who’re hiding throughout the border in Afghanistan.
At a information convention, Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan mentioned the most recent declare by the Pakistani Taliban underlined the specter of Afghanistan turning right into a haven for militants, regardless of its Taliban rulers saying they might stop such assaults from their soil, after they seized management of Afghanistan final yr.
Khan mentioned if the declare by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP is appropriate that they have been behind yesterday’s assault in within the metropolis of Quetta, “then it needs to be a matter of concern for the Taliban.”
Authorities mentioned the assault killed a police officer and three civilians when the bomber blew himself close to a police truck. The bombing additionally wounded 23 others, drawing nationwide condemnation.
The assault in the principle metropolis of Pakitan’s Baluchistan province occurred because the police have been heading to the polio employees as a part of a nationwide vaccination drive launched Monday. The blast was so highly effective that it toppled the truck carrying law enforcement officials right into a ravine.
The newest violence got here after the Pakistani Taliban ended a ceasefire with Islamabad this week and vowed that it will instantly resume assaults throughout the nation.
On Wednesday, the TTP mentioned it launched the assault in Baluchistan to avenge the killing of their former spokesperson, Abdul Wali, who was referred to as Omar Khalid Khurasani. He was killed in a bombing in Afghanistan’s Paktika province in August.
Enayatullah Khawarazmi, the spokesman for the Afghan Taliban’s Protection Ministry, rejected the allegation made by Pakistan. “We as soon as once more guarantee all of the nations of the area and the world that Afghanistan’s soil won’t ever be used in opposition to different nations,” he mentioned.
The Pakistani Taliban are a separate group however allied with Afghanistan’s Taliban, who’ve dominated their nation for the reason that U.S. and NATO troops withdrew final yr. The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan emboldened their Pakistani allies, whose prime leaders and fighters are hiding within the subsequent door nation.
Earlier than ending the ceasefire, senior TTP commanders held a number of rounds of peace talks with Pakistani officers in Kabul after the Afghan Taliban inspired each side to take action. After agreeing to a ceasefire in Could, each side have blamed one another for violating the phrases, till the TTP unilaterally ended it this week.
Since then, Pakistani Taliban has stepped up assaults on safety forces within the former tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and elsewhere within the nation.
This week, Pakistan’s deputy Overseas Minister Hina Rabbani Khan traveled to Kabul, the place she mentioned a spread of points with Afghan officers, together with the TTP’s presence in Afghanistan.
Khan, the inside minister, mentioned about 5,000 TTP fighters have been hiding in Afghanistan together with their households.
In the meantime, TTP on Thursday in a quick assertion claimed that it focused a safety convoy close to an army-run faculty in South Waziristan, a border area that served as the bottom for Taliban for years till Pakistan’s navy killed or arrested many of the insurgents in a sequence of operations.
There was no affirmation from the navy about Thursday’s assault in South Waziristan.
Related Press author Rahim Faiez contributed to this story.