Pakistan-based terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, led by Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, maintain their training camps in some provinces of Afghanistan and some of them are directly under Taliban control. A UN report said.
The 13th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Group quoted a UN member state as saying that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JM), a Deobandi group, ideologically maintains eight training camps near Nangarhar, three of which are under direct control. “
TS Thirumurthy, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chaired by the Taliban’s Sanctions Committee, also known as the Sanctions Committee of 1988, the report was “brought to the attention of Security Council members and issued as a” Council document. “
The report said that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Deobandi group led by Masood Azhar, was ideologically close to the Taliban. Qari Ramzan is the newly appointed head of JM in Afghanistan.
It added that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had provided funding and training skills in Taliban operations, as previously reported by the monitoring team.
“In Afghanistan, according to one member state, it is led by Mawlawi Yusuf,” the report said.
The same member state reported that in January 2022, a Taliban delegation visited a training camp used by the LeT in the Haska Mena district of Nangarhar.
The group was told to maintain three camps in Kunar and Nangarhar. Former LeT members included Aslam Farooqi and Ejaz Ahmed Ahangar (aka Abu Usman al-Kashmiri), both of whom joined ISIL, “the report said.
Another member state said there was no evidence of JM and LET presence in the region as a result of effective security operations targeting them, according to the report.
The 13th report of the Taliban Sanctions Committee’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Group is the first report since the 15 August occupation of Kabul by the Taliban.
It noted that since then, by April 2022, the Taliban have seen a consolidation of control over Afghanistan, appointing 41 UN-approved individuals to cabinet and other senior-level positions in their de facto administration. They have advocated loyalty and seniority over efficiency and their decisions have been opaque and inconsistent.
The report further states that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is the largest component of foreign terrorist fighters in Afghanistan, numbering in the thousands.
Other groups include the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jamaat Ansarullah, and the LeT, each numbering in the hundreds.
It said the TTP, led by Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, had “arguably benefited” most of all foreign extremist groups in Afghanistan from the Taliban occupation. It has conducted numerous attacks and operations in Pakistan.
Instead of feeling the pressure to mobilize its fighters in the Afghan Taliban unit, the TTP also exists as an independent force, as is the case with most foreign terrorist fighters. The group is estimated to be made up of 3,000 to 4,000 militants stationed along the eastern and southeastern Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the report said.
According to one member state, the control of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations gives the Haqqani network more points of contact with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, it says.
“Sirajuddin Haqqani is said to have relied more than anyone else on the de facto administration to act as a mediator between the TTP and Pakistan. He is a mediator and authority figure among the predominantly Pashtun groups, “the report said.
“The Haqqani network is still considered the closest link to al-Qaeda … The group continues to be a trusted partner for safe havens and local benefits to support al-Qaeda roots, including maintaining so-called ‘legacy. Al-Qaeda’: The late Jalaluddin had a relationship with the Haqqanis and to whom the Haqqanis owe a debt of gratitude for their support and that of the Taliban, “the report said.
The report notes that since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August last year, the Haqqani network has “quickly moved” to secure control of some key portfolios and ministries: insiders, intelligence, passports and immigration. “Prominent de facto ministerial positions protected by the Haqqani Network include de facto Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani and de facto Minister for Refugees Khalil Ahmed Haqqani.”
“The responsibilities involved in these roles have been carefully chosen, as the ministries include the issuance of identity cards, passports and the monitoring of persons entering and leaving the country.
“The Haqqani network has also become the best-equipped group and controls a number of armed formations, including the elite Badri 313 Battalion. The Haqqani network now controls security in Afghanistan, including in the capital, Kabul, “the report said.
The 11th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Group states that Afghan officials have highlighted Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba among the groups that pose a threat to security.
The presence of these groups was said to be concentrated in the eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan, where they operate under the umbrella of the Afghan Taliban.
The 11th report added that, according to Afghan interlocutors, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba assisted in the trafficking of terrorist fighters to Afghanistan, who acted as advisers, trainers and experts on improvised explosive devices.
Both groups were responsible for targeted killings against government officials and others. The report said Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed have about 800 and 200 armed fighters, respectively, co-located with Taliban forces in Mohmand Darah, Dur Baba and Sherzad districts of Nangarhar province.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also maintains a presence in Lalpur district near the Mohmand Darah border area of Pakistan. In Kunar province, Lashkar-e-Taiba has retained 220 more fighters and Jaish-e-Mohammed has 30 more fighters, all of whom have dispersed within the Taliban forces, it added.
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