Pakistan asks UNSC to force Afghanistan to sever links with Pakistani Taliban

09:37 PM | 22 Jun, 2024
Pakistan asks UNSC to force Afghanistan to sever links with Pakistani Taliban
Source: Pakistan Mission to the United Nations

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Munir Akram, has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to pressure the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan to cut ties with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and halt cross-border attacks by the group, state media reported on Saturday.

Islamabad attributes the recent surge in attacks to the presence of Pakistani Taliban, or TTP, leaders in Afghanistan. According to Pakistan, these leaders have found refuge and established training camps to launch attacks on Pakistani soil. In contrast, Kabul maintains that the increasing violence in Pakistan is a domestic issue and insists that it does not permit militants to operate within its territory.

The TTP, which pledges allegiance to and derives its name from the Afghan Taliban, is not directly a part of the ruling group in Afghanistan. Its goal is to enforce Islamic religious law in Pakistan, similar to the Taliban's actions in Afghanistan.

“I urge the UNSC to call on the Taliban government to sever its links with the TTP and its associates, prevent them from carrying out cross-border attacks against Pakistan, disarm the TTP terrorists, capture their leadership, and hand them over to Pakistan,” Akram stated in an address to the 15-member council, as reported by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). Pakistan was recently elected as a non-permanent member of the council.

“The impunity which some of these terrorist groups seem to enjoy within Afghanistan poses a dire and direct threat to all of Afghanistan’s neighbors as well as to the international community,” Akram added.

Akram criticized the Taliban government for not acting decisively to curb the TTP’s militant activities despite assurances.

“The highest priority – for the international community, for Afghanistan’s neighbors, and for Afghanistan itself – remains the elimination of terrorism within and from Afghanistan,” the envoy emphasized.

The TTP is responsible for some of the most devastating attacks in Pakistan, including assaults on churches, schools, and the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in 2012, who was targeted for advocating women's education.

Pakistani forces effectively dismantled the TTP and killed most of its top leaders through a series of military operations starting in 2014 in the tribal areas, driving most of the fighters into neighboring Afghanistan, where Islamabad claims they have regrouped.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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