Trump needs to ensure Pakistan, Afghanistan cooperation to defeat ISIL-Khorasan terror

Afghanistan-Pakistan branch of ISIS is actually benefiting from the escalation of tensions between the two countries.
Khorasan Group

With the encounter of Saifullah in Lucknow and the continuous terror attacks preceding this event from Afghanistan and Pakistan show that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan province has now launched its terror operations in Wilayah Khorsan, a historic name for a region that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of India and other surrounding countries.

The ISIL-Khorasan Province is successful in creating tensions between the government’s of Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as between the governments of India and Pakistan. While Pakistan and Afghanistan have long been accusing each other of sheltering militants, the Tehrik-e-Taliban factions have since joined ISIL in 2014 to form the terror group of Khorasan Province which was also joined by Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in August 2015. The strongholds of Khorasan group includes Helmand, Farah, Nangarhar provinces. TTP commanders of Khuran and Khyber regions and Peshawar and hangu district defeated from TTP to pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi in 2014 .From 2015 onward Many Indians have moved to Afghanistan through Bangladesh and Nepal to join Khorsan terror group.

Afghanistan-Pakistan branch of ISIS is actually benefiting from the escalation of tensions between the two countries. The increasing number of terror attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan have resulted in innumerable causalities of civilians, police and soldiers.

Both the governments of Ghani and Nawaz Sharif have since handed over the list of most wanted terrorists to each other country’s diplomats. The spokesperson of Pakistan’s armed forces also said that general Qamar Javed Bajwa ,the chief of Pakistan army staff telephoned General John Nicholson, commander of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan asking him to support a crackdown on the operation of terror outfits from Afghan territory.

In a scenario where ISIL jihadist groups continue to carry out terror attacks, more territory lost to the Taliban and optimum level of opium cultivation that financially support the terror attacks it becomes difficult for the Ashraf Ghani government to control the different parts of the country.

When Ghani and Nawaz Sharif are locked in a useless blame game ,Donald Trump administration should come out with a strategy in order to deal with the challenge of terrorism in the Af-Pak region as well as in Asian region which has claimed trillion dollars by giving the legitimate political role to Taliban in the Afghanistan government and ensuring that both Pakistan and Afghanistan cooperate on counter terrorism against ISIL-Khorasan province.


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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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