Senator Raza Rabbani, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and former Senate chairman, questioned the government’s willingness to support the Afghan Taliban on Friday, saying they “didn’t even recognize the border.”
Rabbani, speaking to a Senate session in Islamabad, asked the administration to keep the house informed regarding an allegation that Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan obstructed the Pakistani military’s construction of a security fence along the border between the two countries.
Despite Kabul’s protests, Pakistan has gated the majority of the 2,600 km (1,615 miles) border. The fencing was a major factor in the deterioration of relations between Islamabad and past US-backed Afghan governments.
Last Sunday, the Taliban prevented the Pakistani military from erecting a border fence along with the eastern province of Nangarhar, according to Afghan Defense Ministry Spokesperson Enayatullah Khwarizmi.
“Various organizations are reorganizing in Afghanistan despite a ceasefire,” Raza Rabbani said today, adding that the Taliban rose to prominence in Afghanistan on their strength.
Senator Rabbani stated that when it comes to dealing with extremism, the opposition and the ruling party are on the same page, but the government has failed to do so.
“If efforts to combat extremism had been adopted, the scenario would have been different,” he stated in the Senate as it debated an adjournment motion related to the recent lynching of Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot.
“Extremists established their own courts, while the state stood by and watched. Even when these individuals appear to be in control, they do so on their own terms. “The state can no longer afford hidden deals,” Rabbani stated emphatically.
“Pakistan is on the lookout for its foundations. “Both the civil and military bureaucracies will be accountable to parliament,” Rabbani added, asking the government to revisit the National Action Plan (NAP) in the upper house.
He insisted that when he said Pakistan’s state, he meant the country’s civil and military bureaucracies, not the people who sit in parliament.
“In cities and tribal areas, extremist groups have set up parallel tribunals and disputed the state’s writ, but the state has stayed mute.”