Exclusive: Pakistan Taliban agrees to ceasefire to assistance Afghan allies

Exclusive: Pakistan Taliban agrees to ceasefire to assistance Afghan allies


KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan have personally concluded to concentration on carrying out operations in Afghanistan, with Pakistani militants announcing a ceasefire with their supervision in sequence to safety belligerent bases used to theatre cross-border attacks.

The partnership between a dual Talibans, suggested to Reuters by belligerent chiefs and confidence officials in a region, increases a risk that assault will expand serve in a essential year for Afghanistan.

The republic of 30 million people binds a presidential choosing on Apr 5, a litmus exam for unfamiliar donors wavering about bankrolling a supervision after a bulk of NATO infantry stationed in Afghanistan repel this year.

The Pakistani and Afghan Taliban are closely associated and both aim to levy a despotic form of Islam on their societies.

But their care and targets differ. The Pakistani Taliban concentration their attacks in Pakistan, while a Afghan Taliban concentration on Afghan and NATO confidence army and anyone associated to them.

A unreasonable of Taliban attacks this month has already lifted concerns about a credit of a poll, that should symbol a initial approved send of energy in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Most unfamiliar observers withdrew their monitors after a lethal conflict on a hotel in a heart of a capital, augmenting a risk of a widespread rascal that injured a final presidential choosing in 2009.

A vast series of electorate might also be too frightened to expel their ballot.

Afghanistan’s interior apportion pronounced this week that a one-month ceasefire announced by a Pakistan Taliban on Mar 1 to revitalise assent talks with a supervision in Islamabad had stirred militants there to switch concentration from home dirt to Afghanistan.

“From a day there was a ceasefire on that side, roughly each night one or other of a limit posts has been pounded by people from a other side of a border,” Umer Daudzai told Reuters.


The ceasefire was urged on a Pakistani Taliban by a hardline Haqqani network and a Afghan Taliban, who are formed around a alpine limit between a dual countries, belligerent commanders and a confidence source said.

They feared a hazard of an descent by a Pakistani infantry could bushel their possess pull to lift out attacks in Afghanistan, including on choosing officials and NATO forces.

Peace talks between Islamabad and a Pakistan Taliban began in February, though pennyless down when a militants inebriated a troops train and executed 23 paramilitary troops.

The Pakistani infantry afterwards launched atmosphere strikes and pronounced it was scheming to charge belligerent sanctuaries in North Waziristan,

a limit segment that is a belligerent stronghold. But a operation was put on reason after a Pakistan Taliban announced a truce.

The revelations advise that a ceasefire might have been a smokescreen to give a Pakistani militants a probability to regroup and also work with a Afghan Taliban and Haqqanis to ramp adult attacks in Afghanistan forward of a election.

“We need to concentration on Afghanistan,” one Taliban commander told Reuters. “It is a really essential time for us and if a North Waziristan operation goes forward we will remove many of a fighters.”

The Pakistani confidence army and supervision did not respond to requests for comment.


Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told Reuters this month that a supervision was disturbed about a probability of augmenting joining between a dual Talibans.

“Then a (Pakistani Taliban) will have a powerhouse behind them,” he said.

This week Pakistan’s National Security Council was told in a lecture that skeleton had been hatched in Islamic eremite schools to interrupt a check in beside Afghanistan, an Islamabad-based confidence central said.

The murky Haqqani network, that is blamed for some of a deadliest and many worldly attacks in Afghanistan, was during a heart of a ceasefire plan, sources said.

Shortly after a assent talks collapsed in February, Pakistani politicians approached Haqqani commanders and asked them to assistance attorney a ceasefire, dual Taliban chiefs and dual Kabul-based officials said.

“I’m certain of a impasse of a Haqqanis and Quetta Shura in these (ceasefire) talks,” pronounced a high-ranking Afghan supervision central with endless contacts with a insurgency. The Quetta Shura is a care of a Afghan Taliban.

The Pakistani Taliban primarily rebuffed a Haqqanis, who afterwards asked comparison members of a Afghan Taliban to assistance convince their Pakistani counterparts to announce a truce. It worked, Taliban commanders said.

The troops arch of a eastern Afghan range of Kunar, that lies on a limit with Pakistan, pronounced there was no doubt Taliban militants were channel into Afghanistan.

“It is too early to contend how a assent talks in Pakistan would impact this side, though insurgents there are channel a limit to interrupt a election,” Abdul Habib Sayedkhil told Reuters. “We are prepared and have certain measures in place to tackle it.”

(Additional stating by Mehreen Zahra-Malik in ISLAMABAD and Mohammad Anwar in KUNAR, Afghanistan; Editing by John Chalmers and Mike Collett-White)

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/27/us-afghanistan-election-taliban-idUSBREA2Q1C420140327