Abdullah acknowledges TTP presence in Afghanistan

Pakistan Forward

WASHINGTON -- Abdullah Abdullah, chief executive of Afghanistan, has acknowledged that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has a foothold in his country, Dawn reported Friday (November 17).

Abduallah made his remarks Wednesday (November 15) in a meeting with editors from Voice of America in Washington. This was the first time an Afghan leader has publicly acknowledged a TTP presence within his country.

The Afghan government does not support any terrorist groups and is against all forces that destabilise states and governments, he said. He urged Pakistan to see the situation with "clarity" and support all international efforts to defeat terrorism.

Afghanistan does not differentiate among terrorist gro­ups no matter "wherever they belong, whatever their aims", he said.

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