Kabul reacts angrily to targeting of TTP, JuA camps on Afghan soil

Published: February 19, 2017

Kabul on Sunday reacted angrily to cross-border shelling by Pakistani forces even though images clearly showed that the camps and training compounds of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA) in Afghanistan were targeted in the artillery barrage.

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry, in a statement, hoped that the ‘attacks’ would stop and ties between the two neigbours would return to normal, but at the same time threatened to use “all its internal, regional and international power in response to Pakistan’s actions.”

In pictures: TTP, JuA camps being decimated in artillery shelling

Afghanistan’s defence ministry, meanwhile, called for finding a diplomatic solution to issues with Pakistan, but said the country retains the right to ‘retaliate’. “There are efforts to find a diplomatic resolution of the issue, but if diplomacy does not work, Afghanistan maintains the right to retaliate,” defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said on Sunday.

An Afghan political analyst, however, said Kabul would find it difficult to engage Pakistani forces militarily, if it chose that course of action. “The Afghan government does not have the ability to respond, because we do not have long-range weapons,” Tolo News quoted Haroon Mir as saying. At the same time, Afghan legal expert Nasrullah Stanekzai stressed the need to tackle the issue through diplomatic means.

Pak-Afghan border: Trainer of suicide bombers killed in artillery shelling

In response to the recent terror wave across the country, Pakistani forces have been shelling camps of TTP and JuA. Nearly a dozen training camps and hideouts of the terrorist groups have been destroyed and over a dozen terrorists — including a top trainer of suicide bombers — have been killed in two days of artillery shelling.


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Reader Comments (16)

  • abreez
    Feb 19, 2017 - 8:17PM

    Hit and hit hard, Pakistan’s policy should be dead snakes and not wounded snakes.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 19, 2017 - 8:51PM

    The ANA can’t even fight the Taliban,what can it do if the Pakistan Army also steps in?Recommend

  • Soloat
    Feb 19, 2017 - 9:25PM

    Well done Pak Army. Keep shelling and attacking them untill all save heavens for terrorist are destroyed.Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 19, 2017 - 9:48PM

    They can tear their hairs out in anger like we care. Keep bombing militants please.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Feb 19, 2017 - 10:44PM

    Mr. Karzai, lets face it, you could have only protected them for so long. Its lights-out for NDS/RAW-funded terror outfits.Recommend

  • gull khan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 2:03AM

    afghnstn is combent undr moodi and trump and daydreaming to retaliate Pakistan.
    these ingrates totaly forgeting how we welcomed there refugees like a brother.and acomodate them like a citizen of pakistan for many decades..ur ladies were more secure here then ur contry.u acomplishd busineses and made properties wich is not allowed by any other country.after being treated with highest sincerity, what kind of reward are u showing to us.Recommend

  • gull khan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 2:15AM

    hush up and override the venomous snake before it jumps up to u…

    gull khan loves pakistan and hates the enemies of pakistanRecommend

  • Shiva
    Feb 20, 2017 - 3:38AM

    Atleast Ghani saab is man enough to accept pak army Recommend

  • Jay
    Feb 20, 2017 - 4:09AM

    They have boots from 20-odd countries in Afg. Somehow that doesn’t pique their ghairat.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Feb 20, 2017 - 4:37AM

    By Pakistani logic, Americans should have used B-52s to carpet bomb FATA based terrorist camps back in the mid 2000s!Recommend

  • Saghri Khattak
    Feb 20, 2017 - 7:16AM

    Blind artillery & mortars shelling has been killing a number of innocent women & children in the past. Nearly 100 families has been displaced in Lalpur & Goshta districts. This is in no way a solution rather adding more complexity to already very difficult situation. We are making it harder for good Taliban to do their business as Afghans will unite against aggression & Taliban being considered stooges of Pakistan will bear the brunt of Afghan Govt war cry. Recommend

  • k k Khan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 7:54AM

    I just came to know that Afghanistan also has a defence ministry.Recommend

  • Billoo
    Feb 20, 2017 - 8:08AM

    A false flag operation is in order in order to engage Pakistan on Eastern front that will force Pakistan to divert its attention away from Afghan BorderRecommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 9:31AM

    @k k Khan:
    Indian defence ministry is also Afghanistan defence ministry.Recommend

  • k k Khan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 11:38AM

    @ Ahmad Ali Khan
    Yes, next is India.
    They should be smart enough to read the writing on the wall.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:07PM

    So by your logic, drones don’t matter?Recommend

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