Foreign Office says 5,000 terrorists posing threat to Pakistan’s security from Afghanistan
Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Office has said 5000 Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) terrorists are posing a threat to the country’s security and stability from their sanctuaries in Afghanistan, media reports said on Tuesday.
Responding to a denial by the Afghanistan’s foreign ministry about TTP’s presence on Afghan territory, the FO in a statement said as quoted by Dawn News: “The assertions of the Afghan side are contrary to facts on ground and various reports of the UN, which also corroborate the presence and activities of over 5000-strong TTP in Afghanistan.”
An Afghan foreign ministry had earlier said: “The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is neither founded in Afghanistan nor operates on our soil.”
The FO in its rejoinder said that the TTP has over the past few years launched several gruesome terrorist attacks inside Pakistan using Afghan soil without any retribution from its hosts, reports the Pakistani newspaper.