Two Pakistani intelligence officers shot dead in Punjab province | Conflict News

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The officers who were killed were known for their work tracking down members of the Taliban in Pakistan and solving complex armed attacks.

A gunman has shot and killed two officers of Pakistan’s intelligence service outside a roadside restaurant in the country’s east, police and security officials said.

Murtaza Bhatti, a senior police officer in Punjab’s Khanewal district, said the attack took place on Tuesday as the two officers were parking their vehicle.

No one has claimed responsibility for killing the officers, who were known for arresting members of the Pakistani Taliban and other armed groups. They were also known for their expertise in investigating and solving complex cases, including gun and bomb attacks in Pakistan.

Officials said one of the officers killed was the director of the province’s counter-terrorism division, which played a key role in arresting members of the so-called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. also Pakistani Taliban.

The armed group has increased its attacks on security forces in recent months after breaking a ceasefire with the Pakistani government in November.

The Pakistani Taliban is separate but related to the Afghan Taliban, which seized power in neighboring Afghanistan in 2021 after NATO and United States troops withdrew after 20 years of conflict.

Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Monday that the recent “wave of terrorist attacks” in Pakistan were coming from the Pakistani Taliban hiding in Afghanistan. He asked the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan to stop such fighters from using the soil for attacks in Pakistan.

On Tuesday, the main spokesman of the Afghan Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that Afghanistan wanted good relations with neighboring countries, including Pakistan. But he also asked Islamabad to refrain from making provocative statements that could cause mistrust.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan values ​​peace and stability in its country, it wants peace and stability for the entire region and continues its efforts in this way,” he said.

He said that the “Islamic Emirate is doing its best to ensure that the territory of ​​​​​​Afghanistan is not used against Pakistan or any other country”.

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