By: Dr. Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari
The Pakistani militants groups like Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Mahsud Taliban, Lashkar e Islam, Jamaat ul Ahrar, Al Qaida, Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan shifted to Afghanistan after Pakistan Army launched successive military operations in North Waziristan, South Waziristan and Khyber Agencies. It was impossible for the Pakistani militants to stop the advance of Pakistani army in the above mentioned agencies of FATA so majority of the militants shifted to Afghanistan to save their lives and continue their fight against the Pakistani army from their bases inside Afghanistan
In Afghanistan the Pakistani militants affiliated with the above mentioned groups are enjoying Afghanistan government support in Khost, Paktika, Paktiya and Nangarhar provinces. Sailab Mahsud, a journalist associated with the scribe undertook a tour of Afghanistan in October 2015 and he says that in Afghanistan I met TTP’s and Mahsud Taliban militants in Khost bazar and they told me that they are having no problem from Afghanistan government, tribals families and militants who has migrated from Pakistan to Afghanistan after the military operation by the Pakistani army against Taliban militants in North Waziristan are enjoying full support from Afghanistan government and have permission for keeping AK-47 guns for their security. Afghanistan government has established camp in Khost city for common tribals of Pakistan, while militants have been provided mud compounds in Khost and most of the militants are living with their weapons in Paktika and Paktiya provinces in newly established tent villages.
Khan Marjan a resident of Bermal Paktika province while talking to Sailab Mahsud said that “Peace comes with Pakistani militants and refuges when they enter into our area from North Waziristan. There is no fighting in our area from the past several months because Afghan Taliban are not attacking Afghan security forces in the area due to the presence of Pakistani refuges in the area and in return Afghan army is also not challenging Pakistani militants living in the areas with their families but on the other side I felt that this peace is temporary in the area” and soon the Afghan Taliban will start attacking Afghan security forces in the area and the Afghan security forces would also start attacking Pakistani militants and the area would become a battle ground again.
Afghan Taliban commander Jamshad Khan told in Bermal Paktika area of Afghanistan that, “Afghan taliban rule most of the areas in Afghanistan; while Afghan government and army rule is only confined to the main highway and in some portion of Major Afghan cities.
Jamshad Khan also said that, “For Pakistani Taliban brothers we have large areas for their hospitality. In Afghanistan we will facilitate them and for this purpose we have large areas in our control. At the moment a small number of Pakistani tribals families has crossed over into Afghanistan; if the whole tribal population of Pakistan shifts to Afghanistan even than we have no problems to facilitate them on Afghanistan soil. Pakistani Taliban and tribal’s are our brothers and we would feel proud if we have the opportunity to serve them on Afghanistan soil.
Jamshed Khan said that, what Islamic State is doing in Afghanistan is not right and is not according to Islam and if they came to our area then we are ready to fight them and would feel proud to finish them.
Sailab Mahsud also has a meeting with Khan Sayed alias Sajna head of Mahsud Taliban of South Waziristan Agency inside Afghanistan and he told Sailab Mahsud that the Mahsud Taliban will continue fighting against the Pakistani army till the last drop of blood and till the last Mujahid alive in our ranks.
TTP senior Commander Hazratullah Mahsud affiliated with Hakimullah Mahsud group told Sailab Mahsud that our fight with Pakistan is for the implementation of Islamic laws in the country and for this purpose we have sacrificed hundreds of our friends and if Pakistan government think that they will finish us with military action then they are mistaken the Pakistani army from the past 7 years is busy in carrying out military operations in each and every tribal agency against us but the army has failed to finish us and still we are ready to sacrifice our lives for the implementation of Islamic laws in Pakistan and after shifting to Afghanistan we are in better position to achieve this goal.
Abdul Wadood Afridi affiliated with Lashkar Islam group of Mangal Bagh who has shifted to Afghanistan few months back from Khyber Agency due to military operation against his group in Khyber Agency, told Sailab Mahsud that most of the time Afghan forces do not stop us on main highway of Nangarhar, and whenever they stop us we tell them that we belong to Afridi tribe of Khyber Agency and have recently come from Pakistan, then they allow us to go.
Wadood said that entering into Pakistan is not difficult task for us, we enter in to Pakistan regularly and mostly we cross the border into Khyber Agency from Afghanistan on foot. It’s impossible for the Pakistani government and army to close those hidden routes being used by us. During Pakistan military operation in Khyber Agency most of our fighters who belong to Zakha Khel tribe joined Pakistan army for the purpose of spying against us, they knew us, and this is the reason we are not using main highways inside Pakistan.
Haji Barkatullah a businessman at Kabul city told Sailab Mahsud that, “In Afghanistan, it is very common opinion among local people that Pakistan is busy in the destruction of Afghanistan with the help of Afghan Taliban while India and other countries are trying to built Afghanistan that’s the reason that after each attack in Kabul city if responsibility is claimed by Afghan Taliban, people start protest against Pakistan by burning their flags and not against Afghan Taliban who has claimed responsibility for the attack.