In a positive development, UN recognised the steps taken by Pakistani government against terrorism

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In a positive development, UN recognised the steps taken by Pakistani government against terrorism

The United Nations has recognised the steps taken by the Pakistani government against terrorism in its latest report, adding that the banned Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was responsible for over 100 ‘cross-border’ attacks within three months last year, The News reported Sunday.

The 27th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, which was presented to the UN Security Council, noted that Pakistan took action against "individuals engaging in terrorism financing and the freezing of the assets of designated individuals and entities."

Reporting on the activities of the TTP, the UN report saw the "reunification of splinter groups (of TTP) that took place in Afghanistan."

It added that "five entities pledged alliance to TTP in July and August (2020), including the Shahryar Mehsud group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Hizb-ul-Ahrar, the Amjad Farooqi group and the Usman Saifullah group (formerly known as Lashkar-e- Jhangvi)."

The report cautioned that the merger of TTP has enhanced the threat of terrorism to Pakistan and the region, as it has "increased the strength of TTP and resulted in a sharp increase in attacks."

UN report acknowledges Pakistan's fight against terrorism link

Last year, Pakistan handed over a dossier to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the Indian sponsorship of TTP and JuA. Both terrorist groups have been designated by the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the Security Council.

"The TTP was responsible for more than 100 cross-border attacks between July and October 2020," the report said, adding that based on estimates, the TTP’s fighting strength ranges between 2,500 and 6,000.