Islamabad, Aug 29(ANI): Pakistan should come out of the fallacy that surrounds the 'good Taliban' and 'bad Taliban' notion for its own survival, according to an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper.
The editorial in the Daily Times also says that the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP)-led government and the military authorities should not buy the Pakistan Taliban's denial regarding the involvement of the Afghan Taliban in their cross-border raids.
"It is evident that the Taliban, who had fled from Swat, Dir and Bajaur during the military offensives have taken refuge in the bordering provinces of Kunar and Nuristan and organized themselves with the help of the Afghan Taliban," the editorial said.
"In collusion with each other, they plan, attack and kill not only Pakistani troops deployed at isolated border checkposts, but also the innocent villagers living nearby," it added.
It further said that the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan are bent upon carrying on their terrorist activities with impunity.
"The presence of Taliban sympathisers in both our parliament and the military ranks is not a secret. Our military has been nourishing the Taliban, including the Haqqani network, as its strategic assets since decades. Despite suffering massive human and property losses, our military still seems reluctant in taking action against its Afghan proxies," the editorial said.
It also reiterated the calls for disbanding jihadi outfits.
"We need to be for our own survival. Protests to the Afghan government for the menace of terrorism, which we ourselves have inflicted upon us, would not serve any purpose until we change our policy and stop supporting these terror outfits," it said. (ANI)
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