United States Division of Protection quarterly report back to US Congress says that Pakistan continues to harbor the Taliban and related terrorist teams in Pakistan, such because the Haqqani Community, which maintains the power to conduct assaults in opposition to Afghan pursuits.
The report is the primary one to be issued because the US and the Taliban signed an settlement on February 29 to facilitate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. It comes at a time when the US particular envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has referred to as on India to carry direct talks with the Taliban.
Pakistan continues to deal with countering Indian affect in Afghanistan and harbours the Taliban and teams such because the Haqqani Community, which have the power to interact in violence on Afghan soil, based on a brand new Pentagon report.
The report by the inspector common of the US Division of Protection for the January-March quarter, issued on Monday, pointed to a continuation of Pakistan’s efforts to attain its strategic aims in Afghanistan, together with shutting out India from the war-torn nation.
The report is the primary one to be issued because the US and the Taliban signed an settlement on February 29 to facilitate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
The deal has stalled attributable to variations between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities on prisoner releases and intra-Afghan dialogue.
There was no speedy response to the report from Indian officers.
“In line with the DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency], Pakistan’s strategic aims in Afghanistan proceed to be countering Indian affect and mitigating spillover of instability into its territory,” the report stated.
The Protection Intelligence Company (DIA) additionally reported to the inspector common that “Pakistan has inspired the Afghan Taliban to take part in peace talks, however avoided making use of coercive stress that will critically threaten its relationship with the Afghan Taliban to dissuade the group from conducting additional violence”.
The DIA additionally informed the inspector common that “Pakistan continues to harbour the Taliban and related terrorist teams in Pakistan, such because the Haqqani Community, which maintains the power to conduct assaults in opposition to Afghan pursuits”.
Indian and Afghan officers have for lengthy accused the Taliban, significantly its sword arm, the Haqqani Community, of getting shut hyperlinks to the Pakistani navy management. A lot of the Taliban management and their households proceed to be primarily based in Pakistani cities resembling Quetta.
The report comes at a time when the US particular envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has referred to as on India to carry direct talks with the Taliban. Nonetheless, the Trump administration’s outgoing level individual for South Asia, Alice Wells, stated on Wednesday that it was as much as India to take a name on partaking with the Taliban.
In his message within the report, Sean O’Donnell, the performing inspector common of the US division of protection, stated: “The US and Taliban agreed to a [one]-week discount in violence previous to the signing of the settlement, however Taliban violence throughout the quarter general was excessive.
“In January and February, each the USA and the Taliban elevated operations with a view to affect negotiations. As well as, whereas the Taliban diminished assaults in opposition to US and coalition forces, it continued to assault the Afghan Nationwide Protection and Safety Forces, significantly after the signing of the settlement.”
The division of protection didn’t present info on Taliban-initiated assault for the January-March quarter, saying this was “delicate” because it was a part of ongoing deliberations on whether or not the Taliban is complying with the phrases of the settlement with the US.