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EFSAS comments on mounting tensions between the Taliban and Islamabad


The TTP and the Taliban are believed to share ideological roots and have previously also participated together in attacks against the United States-backed Afghan government. Hence, while Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban have been allies for decades, with Islamabad providing safe havens to the Islamist militants in their aim to establish a friendly government in Kabul, the Pakistani Taliban, which analysts estimate has several thousand fighters in eastern Afghanistan, has also maintained ties with the Taliban for more than a decade and pledged allegiance to the Taliban leader.