Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar is in Kabul to hold scheduled talks with the Afghan interim government hours after the TTP announced ending ceasefire and carry out terror attacks across Pakistan.

It is in context the planned one-day visit has gained even more importance as the two sides will hold discussions on various matters.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson, Hina will hold political dialogue with the Afghan side with focus on cooperation in education, trade and investment, regional connectivity and security as well as people-to-people contacts.

The visit also comes after border tensions, especially the Chaman incident while the selection of Hina by Pakistan is also being considered very symbolic as the Afghan Taliban are facing severe criticism from across the globe over repressing the women and banning girls’ education in Afghanistan.

The delegation also comprises special representative Muhammad Sadiq and officials from other ministries.

TTP ends ceasefire

Earlier on Monday, the banned TTP (Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan) ended the ceasefire agreed with the government in June and ordered the militants to stage attacks across the country.

However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been witnessing terror attacks regularly despite the months-long ceasefire. Therefore, the announcement may not be of a huge surprise for locals.

According a statement issued by the TTP, the military operations are the reason behind the move. “As military operations are ongoing against mujahideen in different areas […] so it is imperative for you to carry out attacks wherever you can in the entire country.”

In this connection, the Taliban especially cited “a series of non-stop attacks” launched by the military in Lakki Marwat district”.

The banned group said it had repeatedly warned the people of Pakistan and “continued to be patient so that the negotiation process is not sabotaged at least by us.”

“But the army and intelligence agencies did not stop and continued the attacks […] now our retaliatory attacks will also start across the country,” the statement claimed.


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