Karachi: An intense fight has erupted between Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and rival groups near the border region of Afghanistan – Pakistan, as heavily armed rival groups launched attacks in Kunar and Nangarhar province to oust TTP militants from the area.
Reportedly, several armed groups including Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Ansar-ul-Islam, Mohmand Lashkar and other local militias lined up in the early hours of Wednesday, to attack Pakistani Taliban sheltering in Afghanistan.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Mohmand group spokesperson, Mukarram Khurasani told media that their strongholds in Shongrai and Jarobi Darra (Pass), in eastern Kunar region, were attacked by rival militants, adding that the attack has been repulsed.
He further accused Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for leading the attacks against TTP supporters.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban claims were snubbed by a Lashkar-e-Taiba official, who insisted that his group activities are limited to Indian Held Kashmir.
“We neither work in Afghanistan nor in Pakistan’s tribal regions. We do not have any links with any groups in the tribal regions,” LeT spokesperson Abdullah Ghaznavi told media agencies from an undisclosed location.
Contrary to the news reports being circulated by media agencies, PKKH learnt that Commander Zaki of Mullah Omar led Taliban group actively participated in attacks against TTP.
A Taliban source when contacted by PKKH correspondent claimed that as many as 150 fighters accompanied Zaki in this offensive, which was meant to dislodge Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan from Afghan soil.
Significance of Mohmand attacks
These attacks were targeted at Mohmand faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban, which is headed by Abdul Wali nom de guerre Omar Khalid Khurasani. Omar Khalid recently headed a major militant operation in Tirah Valley aimed to secure the intensely pocketed area, which would have been used as a launching pad for future TTP terror activities. In response Pakistan Army initiated Operation Rah-e-Shahadat (The Way of Martyrdom), to wrest the strategic terrain from the insurgents grip and managed to complete the operation successfully.
Abdul Wali grip in the Mohmand region has significantly weakened after the resurgence of Shah Khalid supporters, who were ousted by TTP in 2008. One of the key commanders, Shakeel Haqqani, looking after Abdul Wali affairs in the tribal areas, has also defected to form his new group.