Taliban mlitants are enjoying the freedom of movement in Afghanistan after the departure of the US and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from the north of the country.
Pakistani security forces have deployed 4000 additional soldiers in Dir and Chitral after repeated attacks by the Afghanistan based Taliban militants.
Directors General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Athar Abbas has said that over one hundred personal of the army, paramilitary forces and police had been killed in roadside bombings and other attacks in the northern region in the last 3 months.
Major General Athar Abbas said that abandonment of the remote ISAF bases near the Pak-Afghan border has provided militants groups a new life in the and opportunity to regroup in remote valleys of Afghanistan.
Directors General ISPR said that Pakistani Taliban learder, Maulvi Fazlullah and his followers are enjoyng safe havens in the Kunar and Nuristan provinces in eastern Afghanistan.
President of the Regional Institute of Policy Research and Training, Khalid Aziz has said, “Parts of Nuristan and Kunar have become a haven for Pakistani militants,.” He also said, “It’s a free-for-all over there.”
Member of the Afghan parliament, Hawa Alam Nuristani has claimed that in these remote Afghan regions schools were under the control of Taliban and ISAF & ANA are largely protecting Afghan government buildings.
Hawa Alam Nuristani said, “More ordinary people in the region were motivated to join the insurgency after the withdrawal of US troops.” he said “The Afghan National Security Forces are not in a position to control the provinces of Kunar and Nuristan.”
Pakistani security forces have already deployed over 147,000 soldiers in the region but with safe havens in Afganistan and no ISAF efforst to end those safe havens, militant cross broader attacks against Pakistani areas are likely to continue.