If the Taliban wish to gain the trust of the international community, they will have to clamp down on the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which is also known as Pakistan Taliban. This message was conveyed to the top leaders of the Taliban government of Afghanistan, including the chief of the group Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and the Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani.

“We are telling the Taliban leadership to con- sider the TTP as a test case, if the Taliban can’t address concerns of Pakistan then who would trust them and their promise of cutting ties to al Qaeda and other such groups,” a Pakistani official told the Pakistani daily Express Tribune.

According to the report, the Pakistani officials made it clear to the Taliban leaders that Pakistan’s main concern is the banned militant TTP which has been creating havoc inside their territory, killing many Pakistani soldiers in restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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“All TTP leaders are in Afghanistan under protec- tion of the Taliban. We have been asking the Taliban to hand them over to us, they are fugitives but they are not listening,” says the official.Pakistani army generals are frustrated and upset with their good old friend the Taliban who they helped to capture power in Afghanistan. The reason is the extremist Islamist regime has failed to take any action against the TTP which has stepped up attacks against the Pakistani army.

According to the Pakistani army, it was Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Interior Minister of the Taliban regime who pushed them to hold talks with the TTP. This was followed by a month-long ceasefire but on December 9,the TTP unilaterally called off the ceasefire and immediately resumed its attacks on the Pakistani forces.

The Taliban government told us that they would bring them (TTP) to the table and make them accept what Pakistan wants.

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