Defense News quotes South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Claude Rakisits on Islamabad’s latest military operations against terror groups on its soil and their implications for Afghan-Pakistani relations:
Claude Rakisits, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, said this “will create further tension between Kabul and Islamabad following President [Mohammad Ashraf] Ghani’s recent accusations that the Pakistan government was not doing enough to stop Afghan Taliban attacks in Afghanistan.
“Moreover, he accused Islamabad of allowing the Afghan Taliban to hold large meetings in Pakistan in the wake of the selection of Mullah Mansour as the new leader of the Taliban following the revelation that Mullah Omar had died two years ago,” he added.
“As far as the Afghan government is concerned, these developments go against the spirit of the latest bilateral agreement to work together in fighting terrorists on both sides of the border.”
He says despite the general success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb the TTP and other terrorists “are not yet a spent force. And this is the message that they want to convey to the Pakistan authorities and the public”, he said.