Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Afghan Ambassador in Islamabad, in reaction to a recent terrorist attack in the district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The demand includes the arrest and handover of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the leader of a splinter faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), allegedly responsible for the attack. Pakistan's foreign ministry has urged the Islamic Emirate to promptly conduct a 'thorough investigation and practical action' against the culprits of the assault that occurred in the city of Bannu, and to address the safe havens of 'terrorist groups'.
Afghan Ambassador Summoned
The head of the Afghan diplomatic mission in Pakistan was summoned by the Foreign Office, which delivered four key demands. At the top of the list was the extradition of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the leader of the group held responsible for the recent suicide attack in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu district. Pakistan called for immediate “verifiable actions” against all terrorist groups and their sanctuaries in Afghanistan.
Relations between the two countries have been tense for months over the issue of terrorism. Since the return of the Afghan Taliban to power in August 2021, terrorist attacks in Pakistan have surged by 60%, with suicide attacks seeing an alarming 500% increase.
The representative of the Afghan Embassy in Pakistan received the four key demands, which included a full investigation into the Bannu attack and stern action against its perpetrators and abettors. The Afghan Taliban representative was told to detain Hafiz Gul Bahadur and hand him over to Pakistan. Islamabad reasserted its demand that the Kabul regime prevent the use of Afghan soil for terrorist attacks targeting Pakistan.