Pakistan to appeal to Taliban leader over police mosque bombing

Delegations will be sent to Tehran and Kabul to 'ask them to ensure that their soil is not used by terrorists against Pakistan,' says special assistant to prime minister Faisal Kundi

By AFP

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Family members of police officers, who were killed in Monday's suicide bombing, take part in a rally denouncing militant attacks and demanding peace in the country, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday. — AP
Family members of police officers, who were killed in Monday's suicide bombing, take part in a rally denouncing militant attacks and demanding peace in the country, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday. — AP

Published: Sat 4 Feb 2023, 3:44 PM

Islamabad will ask the secretive supreme leader of Afghanistan's Taliban to rein in militants in Pakistan after a suicide bombing killed scores of police in a mosque, officials said Saturday.

Since the Taliban returned to power in Kabul, Pakistan has witnessed a dramatic uptick in attacks in regions bordering Afghanistan, where militants use rugged terrain to stage assaults and escape detection.


Detectives have blamed an affiliate of the Pakistani Taliban — the most notorious militant outfit in the area — for the Monday blast in Peshawar which killed 84 people inside a fortified police headquarters.

The Pakistani Taliban share common lineage and ideals with the Afghan Taliban, led by Hibatullah Akhundzada who issues edicts from his hideaway in the southern city of Kandahar.


Special assistant to Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Faisal Karim Kundi, said delegations would be sent to Tehran and Kabul to "ask them to ensure that their soil is not used by terrorists against Pakistan".

A senior Pakistani police official in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where Monday's blast took place told AFP the Kabul delegation would hold "talks with the top brass".

"When we say top brass, it means... Afghan Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada," he said on condition of anonymity.

Afghan officials did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.

But on Wednesday Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi warned Pakistan should "not pass the blame to others".

"They should see the problems in their own house," he said. "Afghanistan should not be blamed."



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