New Delhi: Days after the January 30 suicide bomb attack at Peshawar which killed 100 people, Dawn has reported that Pakistan will ask the supreme leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban government to rein in militants in the country.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan or TTP – an arm of the Afghan Taliban – is believed to be responsible for the attack.
Reuters has noted that the TTP is not directly a part of the group that now rules Afghanistan but aims is to impose Islamic religious law in Pakistan.
TTP is responsible for various attacks on Pakistanis since it was formed in around 2007. It is also responsible for the shooting of Nobel laureate and education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who survived the attack.
Late last year, peace talks appeared to fail and the ceasefire TTP appeared to be honouring, ended.
Dawn’s report notes that the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Faisal Karim Kundi had said that teams would be sent to Tehran and Kabul to “ask them [the Taliban government] to ensure that their soil is not used by terrorists against Pakistan”.
A senior official told Dawn that the Kabul team is likely to talk to Afghan Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada.
The Afghan Taliban had days ago told Pakistan to not blame the Taliban and desist from “sowing the seeds of enmity”.