A high-level security delegation from Afghanistan has flown to Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials on the recent spate of attacks by the Taliban in the country.
Sources speaking on condition of anonymity have said the delegation will hand over credible evidence to the Pakistani government that shows recent attacks by the Taliban were planned in Pakistan.
If Pakistan does not cooperate in tackling the issue, Afghanistan will lodge a complaint with the UN Security Council, an official from the Afghan ministry of interior said on Wednesday.
“Measures are being taken by the Afghan government, especially the ministry of interior, who will share all available evidence with the UN security council and other countries involved in the process,” said MoI deputy spokesman Nusrat Rahimi.
But, military experts argue that Afghanistan would be better off presenting the evidence to the UN Security Council instead of taking it to Pakistan.
“The Pakistani government will once again reject the evidence; I think it should be shared with NATO, US and the UN security council,” said military expert Farooq Bashir.
“With consideration of experience of the last seventeen years, such trips have been seen in the past between diplomats and military officials from the two countries, but no outcomes have been achieved from this process,” said military analyst Mohammad Agul Mujahid.
According to security experts, internal elements who have been cooperating with militants must be exposed.
“We call on the intelligence agencies to identity the Pakistani agents and serve justice on them,” said political analyst Najib Kabuli.
Afghanistan has meanwhile in the past handed Pakistan evidence showing the involvement of Pakistan-based militants in atrocities in Afghanistan; however, Pakistan never bothered to take action against the militants operating on its soil.
“Today (Wednesday) a high-level Afghan delegation which includes the head of the National Directorate of Security, and minister of interior as well as the president’s special representative and ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal held detailed discussions with Pakistan’s prime minister in the presence of the ISI chief, the minister of interior and other security officials," said Zardasht Shams, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Afghanistan in Islamabad.
"At the meeting, they shared information about the recent attacks in the country and about the Taliban having claimed responsibility. They demanded the necessary measures to be taken in this respect. In turn, the Pakistani prime minister strongly condemned Taliban over the attacks and pledged to take necessary action in line with the evidence tabled by the Afghan side,” said an Afghan diplomat in Pakistan," added Shams.