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Pakistan urges Kabul to prevent militants from crossing the border and staging attacks

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, is asking Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to do more to prevent militants from crossing the border to state attacks like the massive suicide bombing earlier this week that killed 55 and injured more than 200 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The appeal came days after a suicide bomber killed dozens of people and injured several others during an election campaign rally of supporters of a pro-Taliban cleric on Sunday.

The death toll has risen to 55 after a critically injured person passed away at a hospital in the northwest city of Peshawar, according to hospital officials and government statements, Associated Press reported.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister said, “Militants find sanctuaries inside Afghanistan, regroup and rearm there, and subsequently infiltrate Pakistan for anti-government attacks.”

The Afghan Taliban government “should undertake concrete measures toward denying their soil be used for transnational terrorism,” he said while visiting some of the wounded in a Peshawar hospital.

The Bajur incident has been claimed by an Islamic State affiliate with an Afghan base. Since the Taliban assumed control of Afghanistan in August 2021, IS terrorists, who compete with the Taliban, have increased their attacks.

Northwestern Pakistan was once a hotbed for insurgent activity, but subsequent military operations asserted that they had driven them out, including the Pakistani Taliban, also known as TTP.

The Bajur bombing was the most recent of many significant strikes during the previous years. 147 people were killed in a Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar in 2014, most of them students. A Peshawar mosque was bombed in January, killing 74 people. Moreover, in February, a mosque explosion inside the Peshawar police headquarters claimed the lives of over 100 people, predominantly police officers, Associated Press reported.