Militants fled from Pakistan joined ISIS in Afghanistan

On Wednesday, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai claimed that a majority of militants fleeing operations in Pakistan’s Mohmand and Orakzai agencies joined Islamic State in Afghanistan.

Mosazai reassured that the government in Kabul will not allow anyone to use its territory against any country, including Pakistan.

Afghan Taliban should be brought to the negotiating table so the long running conflict in Afghanistan can be resolved through a political means.

He claimed that, about 60 to 70 per cent militants fleeing Pakistan during offensives in Mohmand and Orakzai went on to join IS in Afghanistan.

Pakistan and Afghanistan set up a hotline between their respective military commanders, the latest in a series of steps taken in recent days to improve ties between the two neighbors.

The decision to set up a hotline between the directors general military operations (DGMOs) of the two countries was taken during army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s day-long visit to Kabul.

The latest move is part of efforts by the two neighbors to restore mutual trust and improve their relationship, marred by months of mistrust and frequent blame games.

At the sidelines, Ghani held talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Gen Raheel, and both sides agreed to take a series of steps to put relations back on track.

However, at the same time the two sides decided to develop a mutually acceptable framework to deal with irreconcilable Taliban groups. In an effort to expedite the peace efforts, Afghanistan will host a crucial meeting of senior officials from Pakistan, China, and the US in the first week of January.

The rapprochement came during the visit of Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani to attend the Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad on December 9.

The quadrilateral process was proposed by Pakistan in November to ensure that every country involved in the process takes full responsibility.

Pakistan brokered the first-ever face to face talks between the Ghani administration and Taliban in July. But the second round was called off at the last minute after the confirmation of the death of Mullah Omar.

Speaking to reporters, Aziz voiced concerns over the rapid rise of Islamic State in Afghanistan.

He also confirmed that some suspects trying to establish links with IS were arrested from Sialkot, but the presence of Da’ish in Afghanistan was cause of real concern for Pakistan.

However, Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai has said that the relationship between both countries Pakistan and Afghanistan are very significant for both the countries.