Pakistani terror group JeM and LeT maintain training camps in Afghanistan: UN report

The report further states that the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) constitutes the largest component of foreign terrorist fighters in Afghanistan.

The report further states that the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) constitutes the largest component of foreign terrorist fighters in Afghanistan.

Pakistan-based terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), led by the mastermind of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, Hafiz Saeed, maintain their training camps in some provinces of Afghanistan and some of them are directly under the control of the Taliban, according to a UN report.

The 13th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team quotes a UN member state as saying that JeM, a Deobandi group ideologically closer to the Taliban “maintains eight training camps in Nangarhar, three of which are directly under the control of the Taliban”. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, in his capacity as Chairman of the Taliban Sanctions Committee, also known as the 1988 Sanctions Committee, forwarded the report for that be “brought to the attention of the members of the Security Council and published as an act of the Council.” The report said that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Deobandi group led by Masood Azhar, is ideologically closer to the Taliban. Qari Ramazan is the new head of JeM in Afghanistan.

He added that LeT is described in previous monitoring team reports as having provided expertise in financing and training Taliban operations.

“In Afghanistan, according to a member state, it is led by Mawlawi Yousuf,” the report said, adding that in October 2021, according to a member state, another LeT leader, Mawlawi Assadullah, met with the Deputy Minister of ‘Taliban Interior Noor Jalil.

The same member state reported that in January 2022, a Taliban delegation visited a training camp used by the LeT in Haska Mena district of Nangarhar.

“The group reportedly maintained three camps in Kunar and Nangarhar. Former LeT members included Aslam Farooqi and Ejaz Ahmad Ahangar (alias Abu Usman al-Kashmiri), both of whom joined ISIL-K,” the report said.

Another member state said there was no evidence of the presence of JeM and LeT in the region following effective security operations targeting them, according to the report.

The report further states that the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) constitute the largest component of foreign terrorist fighters in Afghanistan, with their number estimated at several thousand.

Other groups include the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jamaat Ansarullah and the LeT, each numbering a few hundred.

He said the TTP, led by Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, “arguably benefited” most all foreign extremist groups in Afghanistan from the Taliban takeover. He has carried out numerous attacks and operations in Pakistan.

The TTP also continues to exist as a stand-alone force, rather than feeling pressure to coalesce its fighters into Afghan Taliban units, as is the case with most foreign terrorist fighters. The group is estimated to consist of 3,000 to 4,000 armed fighters located along the eastern and southeastern border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the report.

According to a member state, the control of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation gives the Haqqani network additional points of contact with the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, he said.

“Sirajuddin Haqqani would have been relied upon more than anyone in the de facto administration to mediate between the TTP and Pakistan. The Haqqani mediations did not result in a lasting ceasefire, but are a further indication of Mr Sirajuddin’s central role within the Taliban as a mediator and authority figure among the base of the TTP and other mainly Pashtun groups in eastern Afghanistan,” the report said.

“The Haqqani network is still considered to have the closest ties to al-Qaeda…The group continues to be the trusted partner for local facilitation of safe havens and support for core al-Qaeda, including maintaining links with what is called “heritage”. al-Qaeda’: those who have long established relations with the late Jalaluddin Haqqani and to whom the Haqqanis feel indebted for supporting them and the Taliban,” the report said.

The report notes that following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August last year, the Haqqani network “moved quickly” to secure control of some key portfolios and ministries: interior , intelligence, passports and migration. “Prominent de facto ministerial posts held by the Haqqani network include those held by de facto Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani and de facto Refugees Minister Khalil Ahmed Haqqani,” he said.

“The Haqqani Network has also become the most militarily equipped faction and controls a number of armed formations, including the elite Badri 313 Battalion. The Haqqani Network now largely controls security in Afghanistan, including the security of the capital, Kabul,” the report said.

The 11th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team said that among these security threat groups, Afghan officials highlighted Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar. -e-Taiba, groups the monitoring team wrote about in previous reports.

It has been said that the presence of these groups is 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, JeM and LeT facilitated the smuggling of terrorist fighters into Afghanistan, who act as advisers, trainers and improvised explosive device specialists.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan also maintains a presence in Lal Pura district near the border area of ​​Mohmand Darah, Pakistan. In Kunar province, LeT retains an additional 220 fighters and JeM has another 30, all scattered within the Taliban forces, the report adds.

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