A report issued by the UN Security Council’s analytical support and sanctions monitoring team stated that there are about 6000-6500 terrorists in operating in Afghanistan who have their ties with Tehrik-e-Taliban, Pakistan (TTP).
The 26th UN report stated that the extremist group, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) is currently operating under the Taliban from Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan. The report further elucidates the role of extremist groups Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which are headquartered in Pakistan, in bringing foreign fighters to Afghanistan.
“The group has between 150 to 200 members from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Pakistan. The current leader of AQIS is Osama Mahmood, who is succeeded the late Asim Umar”, stated the report.
The report further unfurls that the group Tehrik-e-Taliban has claimed responsibility of a plethora of high profile attacks in Pakistan. AQIS, which is working under the umbrella of Taliban, is also allegedly planning retaliation operations in the region to avenge the death of the former leader of the group.
The report has also mentioned that many militants from Tehrik-e-Taliban have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant- Khosaran (ISIL-K). Therefore, altogether there is plethora of extremist presence in all the neighboring states. Although, the 6000-6500 TTP affiliates which pose an immediate threat are Pakistani nationals and have established their presence in the region as per the UN report.
On the release of this report by the UN, India has strongly reacted to the threat that the data forecasts for the country. “The international community should hold Pakistan accountable and seek sustained, verifiable and irreversible action against by Pakistan against terrorism. India will contribute to support all efforts towards securing peace, security and stability in Afghanistan”, said the External Affairs Ministry.
The MEA spokesperson, in a statement, also added that “Pakistan has failed in fulfilling its international obligations, including under relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force, to put an end to support to terrorism, emanating from territories under its control”.