Pakistani Taliban have vowed to intensify attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan and get united under leadership of Mullah Mohammad Omar, chief of Taliban fighting the US-led coalition troops in the war-ravaged Afghanistan. However, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has decided not to attack Pakistan army troops stationed in North Waziristan, the tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. It seems as if the militant group has cut a secret deal with the Pakistani government and its powerful army. It is for the first time that the TTP has publicly said that Pakistani army would not be targeted. The TTP informed its followers and local people in North Waziristan of its decision by issuing a leaflet inscribed with the message.
After killing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Senior Provincial Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour a few weeks back, TTP chiefhad offered Pakistani authorities to broker a peace deal, provided teachings of Islam and Koran are injected in the constitution of the country. The government has given a positive signal to the offer, but yet nothing concrete has been done to broker any peace deal with the terrorist outfit. However, the recent development suggests that the government has tried to pacify the Taliban. In the wake of recent unrest with India at the Line of Control, Pakistani Taliban have also vowed to engage with Indian forces in Kashmir. as they were killing innocent Muslims over there.
On the other hand, the matter must be worrisome for the United States and its allies because Pakistani Taliban and Afghan Taliban are joining hands to target the US-led coalition troops in Afghanistan. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other spying agencies of different countries have already said in their reports that Taliban can mount attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan in the coming spring. The intelligence reports also suggest that the Pakistani Taliban have also established links with a number of other terror outfits based in North Waziristan and they have all united on one-point agenda of targeting the NATO forces in Afghanistan.
While Pakistan army can be euphoric over the development, the United States and its allies should get ready to devise a cogent strategy to thwart nefarious designs of Taliban. Also, a clear and strong-worded message should be conveyed to bosses of Pakistan army that the world powers will not accept any underhand deal of Pakistan army with the Taliban. It is in the best interest of Pakistan that its army initiates an onslaught against the militants hiding in North Waziristan to eliminate them. The underhand deal with the Taliban is not going to ensure peace in Pakistan as well because the terrorists have always been buying time through such tactics for regrouping and reordering their ranks.