Taliban cautioned Pakistan against fallout from airstrikes

Pakistan’s military launched airstrikes within Afghan territory, prompting a stern warning from the Taliban-led government of Afghanistan about potential repercussions. These airstrikes followed a deadly attack in northwest Pakistan. It claimed the lives of seven soldiers, sparking a blame game between the neighboring countries over responsibility for the attacks. The Taliban accused Pakistan of targeting civilian homes in provinces near the border. This resulted in casualties, a claim initially met with silence from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs until later confirmation. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the airstrikes and cautioned about the potential adverse consequences beyond Pakistan’s control. He urged Pakistan to address internal issues rather than point fingers at Afghanistan. Taliban cautioned Pakistan about the potential adverse consequences beyond the country’s sphere of control.

In response to the airstrikes, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned a representative from Pakistan’s embassy to formally protest the attacks. Meanwhile, Taliban forces reportedly retaliated by targeting military installations within Pakistan. The suicide bombing on Saturday in KPK was claimed by a newly formed militant group suspected to have ties with the TTP. This group often targets Pakistani security forces. Pakistani officials attributed the recent surge in militant attacks to the TTP. They suggested that the group had been emboldened by the rise of the Afghan Taliban to power in 2021.

The airstrikes conducted on Monday targeted suspected TTP hideouts, including those of senior commander Abdullah Shah. Despite pledging allegiance to the Afghan Taliban, the TTP remains a distinct militant entity. The Afghan Taliban have not extended them formal recognition. The situation underscores the complex dynamics between militant groups operating in the region. It also outlines the challenges faced by both Pakistan and Afghanistan in maintaining security along their borders.

The escalation of violence has further strained relations between the two countries, with Afghanistan’s government emphasizing the need for Pakistan to address internal security issues rather than resorting to military actions across the border. The ongoing tensions highlight the fragile security situation in the region and the urgent need for diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation and prevent further violence.