At UN, Pakistan calls for ‘concerted campaign’ to recover arms from TTP

Thursday, 20 Jun, 2024
Pakistan's UN Ambassador Munir Akram also called for a probe into how TTP acquires weapons. (Photo courtesy: X@PakistanPR_UN)

United Nations: Pakistan has urged the United Nations for a “concerted campaign” to recover all weapons from terrorist groups such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Speaking at the UN’s Fourth Review Conference of the Programme of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) this week, Ambassador Munir Akram expressed the country's “grave concern over the acquisition and use of modern and sophisticated small arms by terrorist groups such as [the] TTP”.

According to a statement issued by the Pakistani mission to the UN, Akram highlighted the “need for a concerted campaign to recover all weapons from terrorist groups like the TTP” and also called for an investigation into how these groups acquired such sophisticated weapons.

The TTP is a banned terrorist outfit that has been fighting to establish the rule of Sharia across Pakistan. The Islamic nation has long held that the terror group uses safe havens in Afghanistan to launch deadly cross-border attacks.

Last month, Pakistan’s Special Representative on Afghanistan Asif Ali Durrani stated that TTP attacks in the country increased by 60 per cent in two years, showing a significant rise since the Afghan Taliban seized Kabul in August 2021.

TTP's senior commander killed in Afghanistan

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's senior commander Abdul Manan alias Hakimullah has been killed by unknown men in Afghanistan's Kunar province, in a setback to the banned outfit which has declared a three-day ceasefire with Pakistan during the Eid al-Adha festival.

Hakimullah, a Shura member of the Pakistani Taliban's powerful Malakand faction, was killed in Chaghasarai, District Asadabad in the Kunar province, bordering Bajaur tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, officials said.

He played a key role in terrorist activities in Bajaur and carried out various acts of violence including target killings, landmine explosions, checkpoint attacks, and extortion, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.