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Pakistan demands UN probe into TTP acquiring advanced military equipment

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Aqsa Younas Rana
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Pakistan demands UN probe into TTP acquiring advanced military equipment

Pakistan's Demand to the UNSC

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Pakistan has recently called upon the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the conduct of a rigorous investigation into the issue of advanced military equipment acquisition by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The Pakistani delegate raised this matter at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) briefing, held by the Security Council. The main subject of concern was how, and from where, this internationally labeled terrorist group, TTP, managed to acquire such equipment.

Pakistan's Threat Perception

Representing Pakistan at the United Nations, Ambassador Munir Akram highlighted the severe threat that Pakistan has been facing from the TTP and its auxiliary offshoots due to organized cross-border terrorism. As a result of these attacks, Pakistan has seen significant loss of life – both civilian and military – and witnessed substantial damage to various military and civilian infrastructure. The Ambassador spoke about the hundreds of brave soldiers and civilians who have lost their lives just this year, due to the violent acts of the TTP.

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The Case of Advanced Weapons

"These attacks have turned more lethal and sophisticated as the TTP terrorists have procured and are now using advanced military equipment," said the Ambassador. To the essential question of how these weapons – supposedly from the stocks left behind by the departing foreign forces – ended up in the possessions of a listed terrorist organization like the TTP, Ambassador Akram called for a thorough UN-led investigation.

An Appeal for Thorough Investigation

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He stressed on Pakistan's demand for the United Nations – whether through UNAMA or any other relevant agency – to earnestly investigate the procurement process through which these weapons ended up with the TTP. The aim of this investigation would be not only to ascertain the origins and acquisition but also to find effective means of disarming this terror group.

Engagement with Afghanistan's Interim Government

The Pakistani diplomat indicated that he saw some economic stability and progress in Afghanistan. However, he emphasized that any form of engagement initiated with the Afghan interim government should be influenced by how this government responds to the international community's core concerns.

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Living Under Protection

Despite reports of the Afghan interim authorities' succeeding in their fight against Da’esh, the UN representative voiced serious concerns over the existence of various terrorist groups living in Afghanistan. According to him, these groups are evidently living under the protective shielding provided by the current Afghan interim government.

On Ground Realities

The Pakistani representative made it clear that the TTP appears to enjoy autonomy in conducting cross-border attacks on his nation's outposts and other infrastructures. While refraining from naming the exact source, he stated that Pakistan had valid evidence that the TTP was being supported by its primary adversary.

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