Terror groups Lashkar-e-Jaish and Tayyiba-e-Mohammed have already been expanding their footprint in Afghanistan within a carefully-crafted technique of Pakistan’s deep state to fuel terrorism in Kabul and beyond no matter just how the US-Taliban peace process pans out, people acquainted with the development told Hindustan Times.
Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence, or ISI, is infiltrating the Lashkar and Jaish terrorists to the Islamic State-Khorasan Province which has been in tatters after the arrest of their chief Abdulah Orakzai aka Aslam Faroooqui with his fantastic top commanders by Afghan security forces.
Farooqui was replaced by Maulvi Mohammed since the ISKP new chief. Maulvi Mohammed also offers deep links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba, counter-terror officials in Kabul said.
A counter-terror official in Delhi said ISI officials have created the financial and logistic support network to facilitate their operations, as part of the blueprint drawn up in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi. ISI officials were also present at the recent meeting convened by Taliban shadow governor in Kunar province Ahmadullah with top Lashkar and Taliban operatives.
The revelation comes days following a sanctions monitoring team of the UN Security Council spotlighted the role in the 6,000-6,500 foreign fighters who had been inducted into Afghanistan. The UNSC report estimated the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba had about 800 fighters operating with Taliban forces in Mohmand Darah, Dur Baba and Sherzad Districts of Nangarhar Province and the Jaish-e-Mohammed, 200. The Lashkar had another 220 fighters and the Jaish, 30 more, in Kunar province.
Security officials in Kabul said the ISI’s increased exposure of pushing the Lashkar and Jaish terrorists came right after the 29 February pact between your Taliban and the United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad. The agreement provided for withdrawal of Usa forces drawdown in exchange for Taliban counter-terrorism measures, exchanges of prisoners between your Taliban and the Government of Afghanistan as well as other steps to achieve a lasting ceasefire.
“The infiltration of the Lashkar, Jaish terrorists is the ISI’s joint backup plan with the Taliban. They can both claim to be working for peace in Afghanistan however, keep your pot boiling,” a diplomatic source in Kabul told Hindustan Times.
The terror groups have hit the earth running. Officials said the two groups have already been doing operations inside the bordering districts of Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces across the Durand Line.
The relocated Lashkar groups have organised attacks in Afghan cities and ambushed border security posts of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in coordination together with the Taliban, its sword arm the Haqqani Network and Al Qaeda.
There is a continuing effort to enhance their numbers. Over the last week of May, a source told Hindustan Times, a team of 30 Lashkar cadres had moved into Dangam district of Kunar province.
These folks were led by Bilal alias Zarqawi, an ex-ISI officer who had been in control of an important terror training centre in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and for the Jalalabad operations.