Civil activists in Paktia province of Afghanistan, declared August 14, the Independence Day of Pakistan, as a “black day” in the history of the region.
“Civil activists in Paktia province, declared 14th August, the Pakistan’s Independence Day as a black day in the history of the region,” tweeted former Strategic Communications Director and spokesperson at the Office of National Security Council of Afghanistan Tawab Ghorzang.
Paktia is located along the Durand Line close to the tribal regions of Pakistan, which is home to several Taliban insurgents and the Haqqani Network. Insurgency activities, including coordinated attacks on government and security compounds, are often carried out by the militants in this province.
Terrorism in Pakistan has become a major and highly destructive phenomenon in recent years.
Pakistan has long been accused by its neighbours India and Afghanistan and western nations like the United States and the United Kingdom of its involvement in terrorist activities in the region and beyond.
In its annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism’, as mandated by the Congress, the State Department said that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) continue to operate, train, organise and fundraise inside Islamabad and Pakistani military and security forces undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
“Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or Haqqani, or substantially limit their ability to threaten US interests in Afghanistan, although Pakistan supported efforts to bring both groups into an Afghan-led peace process,” the State Department said.
“Pakistan did not take sufficient action against other externally focused groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in 2016, which continued to operate, train, organise, and fundraise in Pakistan,” the report said.
The U.S. officials have often accused Pakistan of helping the militants, a charge Islamabad vehemently denies.