TTP splinter groups regrouped in Afghanistan against Pakistan: UN report

UN recognises threat to Pakistan posed by Afghanistan-based TTP, JuA terrorists

By: News Desk      Published: 12:39 AM, 7 Feb, 2021
TTP splinter groups regrouped in Afghanistan against Pakistan: UN report
The report cautions that merger of the TTP has enhanced the threat of terrorism to Pakistan and the region, as it has “increased the strength of the TTP and resulted in a sharp increase in attacks”. –File photo

A new UN report has acknowledged the action taken by the Pakistani government against the individuals engaged in terrorist activities, and goes on to say that the terrorist group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was responsible for over 100 “cross-border” attacks within three months last year.

On its part, Pakistan has consistently highlighted the terrorism threat from TTP, the report says.

In its 27th report to the UN Security Council, a UN monitoring team, which tracks Al Qaeda, Islamic State and other extremist groups, points to the arrests in Pakistan of "individuals engaging in terrorism financing and the freezing of the assets of designated individuals and entities”.

Diplomats noted that the UN acknowledgment of Pakistan actions comes at a time when India continues to blame Pakistan for inaction against the designated groups. Reporting on the activities of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the UN report saw the “reunification of splinter groups (of TTP) that took place in Afghanistan”.

The report records that “five entities pledged alliance to TTP in July and August (2020), including the Shehryar Mehsud group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Hizb-ul-Ahrar, the Amjad Farooqi group and the Usman Saifullah group (formerly known as Lashkar-e- Jhangvi)”.

The report cautions that merger of the TTP has enhanced the threat of terrorism to Pakistan and the region, as it has “increased the strength of the TTP and resulted in a sharp increase in attacks”. 

In this regard, the UN reported that the “TTP was responsible for more than 100 cross-border attacks between July and October 2020”. The report said, based on estimates, the TTP's fighting strength ranges between 2,500 and 6,000. 

Last year, Pakistan handed over a dossier to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the Indian sponsorship of TTP and JuA. Both terrorist groups have been designated by the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the Security Council.