Analysts see Pakistan behind growing unrest
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts believe the security situation in eastern and northern provinces has deteriorated because Pakistan wants to take revenge on the Afghans for the recent terrorist attack on a Pakistan Airforce base near Peshawar.
The security situation has lately worsened in eastern provinces, particularly in Nangarhar, and in northern Kunduz province, where the insurgents on Monday captured more than half of the provincial capital, Kunduz City.
Besides the Taliban, the self-styled Islamic State fighters have recently intensified their activities in various districts of Nangarhar.
Political commentator Mohammad Yunus Fakor told Pajhwok Afghan News Pakistan wanted to take revenge on Afghanistan for the Peshawar attack.
The attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban left 26 people, including civilians and military personnel, dead earlier this month. The attack involved 13 terrorists.
The Pakistani government and military later claimed the attack was planned and controlled from Afghanistan, prompting President Ashraf Ghani office to strongly reject the claim.
The Pakistani government then decided to only share evidence with the Afghan government about the attack and not to lodge a strong protest.
President Ghani then phoned Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and condemned the incident, insisting Afghanistan would never allow its soil to be used against its neighbours.
Fakor said the insurgents had their attacks focused on Nangarhar and Kunduz provinces as they believed they would be able to achieve gains given the weak provincial governments.
He alleged Pakistan wanted militants to infiltrate into northern Afghanistan and reach central Asian countries.
Military affairs expert General Abdul Wahid Taqat also blamed the increasing insecurity in Nangarhar and Kunduz province on Pakistan seeking to avenge the Peshawar attack.
A number of gunmen operate in Nangarhar in the name of Islamic State, but Taqat said there were no Daesh fighters in Nangarhar and those disguised as IS gunmen were members of the Pakistani security forces.
He said the differences between the unity government leaders and the appointment of “incompetent” individuals on key military posts contributed to the growing unrest.
He said Pakistan did not want to lose the aid it had been receiving from the international community in the name of the war against terrorism.
He said the neighbouring country sometimes carried out operations against militants on its soil but often supported the anti-government elements in Afghanistan.
Taqat said it was essential to bring about drastic reforms in the country’s intelligence service to effectively prevent attacks from the rebels.
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