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    Pakistan’s Airstrikes in Afghanistan Reflect Growing Impatience with Taliban


    In response to escalating threats from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Pakistan recently carried out airstrikes targeting terrorist hideouts in Afghanistan. This action, occurring on March 18 in Khost and Paktika provinces, resulted in civilian casualties and marked a significant escalation in Pakistan’s approach to dealing with the Taliban.

    The airstrikes were primarily aimed at the Hafiz Gul Bahadur (HGB) group, a faction linked to the Pakistani Taliban. This decision followed a deadly attack by HGB terrorists on a security post in North Waziristan, claiming the lives of seven Pakistani soldiers just two days prior.

    President Asif Ali Zardari’s strong response emphasized Pakistan’s determination to confront any incursions or acts of terrorism within its borders, irrespective of the origin or affiliation of the perpetrators. This stance underscores Pakistan’s growing impatience with the Taliban’s resurgence, which poses threats to both internal security and external stability.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ cautious statement acknowledged civilian casualties while reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to combatting terrorism effectively. However, the airstrikes have raised concerns about the potential for further escalation and the impact on civilian populations in neighboring countries.

    This development highlights the complex dynamics in the region, where Pakistan’s security challenges intersect with cross-border terrorism and regional instability. The situation calls for diplomatic efforts to address underlying grievances while ensuring the protection of civilian lives and respecting international norms governing military actions in border regions.

    Sources By Agencies

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