The Afghan Taliban has promised “concrete steps” to “neutralize” the activities of militants planning terrorist attacks against neighboring Pakistan, diplomatic sources told VOA Friday.
The assurance was given in a bilateral meeting that Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi held on Thursday with a high-level Pakistani delegation in Kabul, sources familiar with the talks said.
Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s special representative to Afghanistan, led the delegation which included senior military officials. The visit comes amid increasing deadly attacks on security forces in Pakistan.
The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group has claimed responsibility for most of the violence. Islamabad says TTP leaders and members sheltering in Afghanistan have stepped up cross-border attacks since the Taliban regained power in Kabul two years ago.
Hundreds of Pakistani police and soldiers have been killed in almost daily TTP attacks last year.
Multiple sources told VOA that the “emphasis” in Thursday’s talks was on the TTP, also known as the Pakistani Taliban. “The Afghan side was informed that the TTP’s use of Afghan territory against Pakistan is a serious concern” for Islamabad.
Authorities in Kabul “assured concrete steps to neutralize TTP activities,” sources said.
The meeting also decided to hold “regular consultations” to review the security situation on the nearly 2,600-kilometer border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Although Pakistani officials did not release any details about the talks, Muttaqi’s office quoted him as stressing the need for both countries to refrain from making public statements that fuel feelings of mutual distrust.
“No one will be allowed to damage relations between the two countries,” said the top Taliban diplomat. His statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, did not mention the TTP, nor did it refer to Kabul’s alleged promises regarding controlling the group’s activities.
The Taliban deny accusations that they allow anyone to use Afghan territory to threaten other countries. (uh/ab)