The Foreign Office of Pakistan summoned the head of the Afghan diplomatic mission in response to a terrorist attack in Bannu carried out by a member of Hafiz Gul Bahadur’s group.
Pakistan has demanded the extradition of Hafiz Gul Bahadur and urged the Afghan interim government to take immediate and verifiable actions against all terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan. The focus was on the necessity of preventing Afghan soil from being used for terrorist activities against Pakistan.
On November 26, a suicide bombing executed by an Afghan national in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu District resulted in the death of two civilians and injuries to ten others, including three soldiers. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that the attack was carried out by a motorcycle-borne suicide bomber in the Bakka Khel area, with the involvement of a faction of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Pakistan’s Stance on Terrorism and Illegal Afghan Citizens
The Foreign Office has highlighted concerns regarding the use of advanced, US-made weapons by terrorists in Afghanistan to launch attacks against Pakistan. This issue, demanding international attention, was raised by FO Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, who called for global stakeholders to take responsibility.
Furthermore, Pakistan’s frustration with the Afghan Taliban’s inaction against terrorists has led to a drive to expel illegal Afghan aliens. Since Islamabad’s order, more than 300,000 Afghans have returned to their homeland, with Pakistan planning to deport approximately 1.7 million Afghans it deems to be living illegally in the country.