According to Dawn, a senior As-Sahab official, Qari Abu Bakr, said “the bond between us and our Taliban brothers is a solid ideological bond”.
Then a suicide bomber dressed in police uniform attacked a police academy, killing 40 students who had returned from a break in classes.
“The Afghan delegation will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his security advisor Sartaj Aziz”, said Shekib Mostaghni, the Foreign Ministry spokesman. The answer perhaps lies in the fact that the installation of Mullah Mohammed Mansour as the new Taliban head has given Islamabad a golden opportunity to extend its reach in Afghanistan as he is known to be extremely close to Pakistan.
Shoffner said that some funding is flowing to ISIL in Afghanistan, but not a significant amount, and that their capabilities are increasing but not to the point where they can conduct the sort of operations they’re responsible for in Iraq and Syria.
Afghan president made the remarks in the wake of a string of deadly suicide attacks which have claimed more than 50 lives and injured hundreds others in Kabul since early Friday.
Pakistan also emphasised that the two countries should have trust and faith in each other and that they should “discourage spoilers and detractors who have been trying to create mistrust between the two brotherly countries”.
The official said that the third round of talks between Afghan government and Taliban, which had been scheduled for July 31 in Pakistan’s tourist hill station Murree, is likely to be held in the last week of August. “We take that very seriously”, he said.
Al Qaeda has shared a symbiotic relationship with the Taliban, having repeatedly pledged loyalty to Omar. “We don’t want Pakistan to bring the Taliban to peace talks, but to stop the Taliban’s activities on their soil”.
The Taliban have suffered a string of current defections to IS, which has been making an attempt to determine itself within the japanese areas of the nation.
The adviser reiterated Pakistan’s condemnation of the recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, offered condolences, and underscored the need for joint efforts to meet common challenges and root-out the menace of terrorism.
“Our relation with Pakistan is based on our worldwide interests”.
Triebus also said a coalition service member was killed, but he did not give the nationality of that person. “I think Zawahiri is signaling that he still hopes to get something from the Taliban”.
Afghan authorities late last month announced that Mullah Omar, a reclusive leader nearly never seen in public, had died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital. Nearby shops were destroyed and the windows of a wedding hall at the intersection were shattered, witnesses said.