Islamabad (HRNW) : Embarrassed by Taliban’s refusal to join the fledgling peace process with the Afghan government, Pakistan has warned the insurgents to call-off their recently-proclaimed ‘spring offensive’ or face consequences, a media report said today.
The Taliban earlier this month announced the start of ” Operation Omari”, named after the late Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, pledging to launch large-scale offensives to oust the West-backed Afghan government from power.
In March, Pakistan’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a frank admission in Washington for the first time said that the Taliban leadership was present in Pakistan along with their families.
The Taliban insurgency has gained strength after the withdrawal of international troops at the end of 2014 and the insurgents are stronger than at any point since they were driven from power by US-backed forces in 2001.
Seasons have long shaped violence in Afghanistan with fighting.