Actually, TTP had announced these attacks just before Hina Rabbani Khar’s visit to Kabul. With this, the ceasefire between the two has now ended. The TTP has alleged that the Pakistani army and intelligence agencies have violated the agreement by killing its commanders. Earlier, after the mediation of Taliban Home Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, there was a ceasefire between the Government of Pakistan and the TTP. After this TTP demanded separation of tribal areas which was rejected by Pakistan.
TTP joins hands with ‘Kandhari faction’ of Taliban
TTP wanted to establish its rule in these tribal areas so that it could implement Sharia law there and intensify attacks against Pakistan. According to the Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune, Hina Rabbani Khar’s visit to Kabul could be a major reason behind TTP attacks. There are speculations that Haqqani had also called TTP commanders to Kabul but the group refused to come. Sources say that TTP has stopped trusting the Haqqani network. This is the same Haqqani who is considered closest to the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.
Instead of Haqqani, the TTP has joined hands with the ‘Kandahari faction’ of the Taliban, which is led by Mullah Omar, the Taliban’s defense minister and son of Mullah Mohammad Omar. Some media reports in Afghanistan have also said that Mullah Yakub refused to meet the Pakistani delegation in Kabul. The report says that there is every possibility that the Taliban government in Kabul is responsible for TTP’s attack on Pakistan.
This big fear is troubling Taliban from Pakistan
The Taliban wanted to put pressure on the Pakistani Foreign Minister on the pretext of TTP. The Taliban is fearing that the government of Pakistan has started betraying it once again by increasing friendship with America. The reason for this fear of the Taliban is the killing of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in an American drone attack in Kabul. Apart from this, the TTP also wants to send a message to General Munir so that the stalled talks can be resumed after the departure of General Faiz. Another possibility is that the TTP no longer trusts the Taliban government after the killing of several commanders inside Afghanistan by the ISI. There is also apprehension that TTP may now join hands with ISKP which is a staunch opponent of Taliban.