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Pakistan’s proxy war strategy exposed in Helmand offensive by Taliban, Afghan media report

HELMAND (AFGHANISTAN): Pakistan’s policy of ‘running with the hare and hunting with the hound’ is exposed in the recent attack by the Taliban offensive in Helmand province, according to TOLO news.
Foreign fighters from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba are reportedly supporting the Taliban in the battle.
Tolo News quoted Yasin Khan, the provincial governor of Helmand, as saying: “There is a presence of Al Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and terrorists from Central Asia; they have collaborated with the Taliban …”
“The Taliban have provided safe havens for fighters associated with Al Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba. These terrorist organizations are providing bomb-making and military training to Taliban fighters,” he added.
According to the news channel, the Taliban launched a simultaneous attack on the cities of Greshk, Nawa, Nahr-e-Saraj, Nad-e-Ali and Lashkargah in Helmand province.
He claims that Pakistan’s strategy of indirect warfare is quite evident from the moves it makes. On the one hand, his delegate makes use of the peace process negotiated in Doha, while on the other he continues to spread the aspirations of the Taliban and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan to have control of the geopolitics of the region.
The violence unleashed in Helmand has forced thousands of Afghan civilians to flee their homes and has also left many injured or dead, including women and children.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the US Embassy in Kabul have called on the Taliban to quickly halt their attacks on Lashkargah, TOLO news reported.

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