Following reports on a list of 20 terrorist groups shared by US officials with authorities in Pakistan, the Afghan government called on Islamabad to eliminate those insurgent groups which are not willing to quit violence.
Pakistani media reported that the United States has shared a list of 20 insurgent groups with Pakistan in which the Haqqani network is on the top of the list. The reports said US believes that Haqqani network has safe havens in Pakistan and that the group carries out attacks in Afghanistan.
Omid Maisam, a spokesman for the chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, said Pakistan will face serious threats and the situation in the region will become more fragile if Islamabad does not take practical steps against these groups.
“Terrorist groups not only threaten Afghanistan’s interests, but also they threaten interests of Pakistan, the region and the world. An honest cooperation should be established in the region to improve the situation,” said Maisam.
Reports indicate that the list which has been submitted by Washington to Islamabad contains the names of three categories of insurgent groups: The groups that attack Afghanistan from Pakistan, the groups that carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan, and the groups that are active in Kashmir.
“If the countries does not cooperate on eliminating the terrorist groups in Pakistan, Pakistan's nuclear weapon will threaten the stability in the region,” Nadir Baloch, member of Wolesi Jirga’s internal security commission said.
Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jundallah, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Al-Qaeda, Daesh and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan are the other groups that have been named in the list.
“I don't think that Pakistan simply brings changes in its politics,” University lecturer Nasrullah Stanikzai said.
Reports indicate that the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his last visit to Islamabad has submitted a list of 75 terrorists’ leaders to Pakistan.
Before this, the Afghan foreign ministry had sent a list of 32 terrorists’ training centers in Pakistani soil to Islamabad.