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Pakistan to push Afghanistan for decisive anti-TTP action

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to send a high-powered team with ‘hard evidences’ in order to push Afghan government for decisive action against outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the aftermath of Badbher attack.

Military spokesman, Major General Asim Bajwa has categorically stated that Badbher attack was traced back to the neighbouring country.

Following the attack on PAF Base camp in Peshawar, Pakistan is seeking a ‘final round’ against the “terrorist sanctuaries” of the TTP.

 “Pakistan will convey to Afghanistan that it will no more tolerate such attacks emanating from its soil,” said an army official.

 The official said Pakistan had long been pushing Afghanistan to eliminate the ‘terrorist sanctuaries’ of the TTP from its territory.

Soon after the massacre at the Army Public School (APS) in December last year, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif dashed to Kabul and sought tough action against the masterminds of the APS attack.

At the time, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani assured that his government will not allow Afghan territory to be used against Pakistan. In return, Islamabad also pledged to take action against groups inimical to Afghanistan and help broker a peace deal.

 However, relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have deteriorated in recent weeks following a sudden spike in violence in Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani, who earlier praised Pakistan for helping his country strike a peace deal with Afghan Taliban, had publicly accused the country’s security establishment of being behind the attacks in Afghanistan.