Pakistan fights ‘old’ militant group

pakistan fights old militant group

Sumary of Pakistan fights ‘old’ militant group:

  • 3, 2021 file photo, Pakistan Army troops patrol along the fence on the Pakistan Afghanistan border at Big Ben hilltop post in Khyber district, Pakistan.
  • The group was also linked to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
  • } But it wasn’t until a gun massacre of nearly 150 children at a Peshawar school in 2014 that the military finally crushed the movement and forced its fighters to retreat into Afghanistan.
  • “The (fighters) feel more comfortable after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, they can now move freely in Afghanistan,” a TTP fighter told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on condition of anonymity.
  • Past midway in his first term, Prime Minister Khan is keen to shore up support from Pakistan’s conservative base and rapprochement with groups, such as the TTP, will appeal to rural voters even while angering the military.
  • “Those people who want to come back and respect our law and constitution, we would like to give them a second chance,” said Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s information minister.
  • The release of about 100 TTP fighters was a key demand for the militants to agree to a ceasefire, a source from the group told AFP.
  • The fighters are also appealing to be able to come out of hiding and return to the tribal areas.

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