Who attacked Pak Embassy in Kabul?

A guard was grievously wounded as firing opened inside Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul. Tensions have recently been rising on claims by Islamabad claiming Afghan soil is being used for sabotaging Pakistan’s government by organizing terror attacks within Pakistan.

Pakistan’s deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had flown to Kabul only a couple of days before the attack. She met with Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.  Among other matters discussed was the issue of the Taliban urging their fighters to resume attacks after a monthslong ceasefire with Pakistan.

On 30th November 2022, it was reported that a suicide bomber deliberately crashed into a police escort for a polio vaccination team in southwestern Pakistan. It led to the death of four people, and injured 30. The attack came within two days of declaring end to ceasefire by the TTP. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Though no one so far has claimed attack on the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, the situation can be viewed in two ways:

First, Taliban support the Afghan Taliban. The base is largely ideological, seeking to implement law based on Shariah. Both have Al-Qaida as an ally. According to United States Institute of Peace, “There are strong interpersonal, war-time bonds between the influential Haqqani family and the TTP and between some southern Taliban leaders and TTP’s political leadership.” [May 4, 2022]

It is likely therefore than TTP is an instrument for Taliban to use it to twist arm favors from Pakistan. Both have a long history that cannot be ignored. Was it the Taliban who mounted the attack in Kabul in Pak Embassy on their soil as TTP mounts attacks within Pakistan?

Second, the anti-Taliban groups, more prominent being the radical Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) and the National Resistance Front have been adding those from Afghan security forces who lost jobs post-US exit. Anti-Taliban groups are surging within Afghanistan. Many feel, they are stuck with a bad deal after Taliban came. Others are not happy with the inflexible policies under Taliban. Many of the factions have accepted attacks in various provinces of Afghanistan.

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Here are hard core facts: Taliban was compromised after Doha Peace Deal. They are unwilling or unable to control the number of independent terrorist organizations in the country. The original Taliban leaders were of a different breed. We must understand that Kabul was never and will never consider Pakistan as a friend. TTP is very strong, neither the Haqqani Network nor The Durrani Taliban can muster the strength required to eliminate them. Targeting CPEC and Pakistan, leaves Pakistan with no option but to hunt them here and everywhere, using every possible means. This is not about a piece of geography, it is about creating a psychological fear that no place is safe for TTP and their supporters. A regional strategy is important. After the attack on our Embassy in Kabul, we must treat Afghanistan a notch below enemy state.

All Taliban leaders be debarred from Pakistan, close all borders, get the thousands of those Afghans who were sponsored by the West to transit in Pakistan, to leave for another destination. The criminals conducting the act as well as those including who ripped our border fences in Southern Afghanistan, must be handed over to Pakistan. We should have immediately reacted by hitting some of the suspected TTP camps astride or close to our borders.

Prediction is that there will be a systematic increase on such incidents in the coming weeks.

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Note: Input of Brigadier (retired) Sultan Mehmood is hereby acknowledged.

The writer is a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled ‘A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan.’ She can be contacted at: yasmeenali62@gmail.com and tweets at @yasmeen_9

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