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The arrest of a senior Taliban terrorist by authorities in Pakistan prompted the leader of the narco-jihadi group to warn members to “stay alert,” BBC reported on Tuesday.
Some sources within the terrorist group told BBC that Pakistan’s arrest of Hafez Mohibullah — identified as the religious affairs minister when the Taliban regime ran Afghanistan before U.S. troops deposed it in late 2001 — is an attempt to put pressure on the jihadis to engage in peace negotiations with the Afghan government, which recently hit a snag.
Message - Taliban - Source - BBC
“They arrested him to send a message,” an anonymous Taliban source told BBC.
“There was a meeting with Pakistani officials on the upcoming peace talks which ended in arguments. Right afterwards, the authorities raided a number of houses and arrested Mohibullah. After that [Taliban leader] Sheikh Hibatullah sent a message warning everyone to be alert,” another Taliban source told the news outlet.
Pentagon - Officials - Pakistan - Afghan - Taliban
Pentagon officials have long accused Pakistan of harboring the Afghan Taliban and its Haqqani Network, an assertion that Islamabad denies.
Under U.S. President Donald Trump, the United States suspended hundreds of millions in funding to cash-strapped Pakistan over Islamabad’s refusal to take decisive action against the Taliban and its Haqqani Network allies to no avail until the recent arrest.
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After accusing Pakistan of “doing nothing” to combat the Taliban, President Trump reached out to Prime Minister Imran Khan for assistance in bringing the jihadi group to the negotiation table last year.
Now, BBC reports that Pakistani authorities are holding Taliban senior member Mohibullah in Peshawar, adding:
Sources - Hafez - Mohibullah - City - Number
Taliban sources say Hafez Mohibullah had been living in the city for a number of years. Two high-ranking Taliban figures, talking on condition of anonymity, suggested the former minister had been detained to put pressure on the group into meeting [Trump’s Afghan reconciliation envoy] Mr [Zalmay] Khalilzad in Pakistan this week, and crucially...
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