Pakistan Demands TTP Surrender as Militant Group Grows to 21,000 Fighters

Pakistani government demands Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) surrender as its ranks swell to 21,000 fighters. TTP recently bombed a girls' school in North Waziristan, prompting Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to vow justice and rebuild the school.

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Pakistan Demands TTP Surrender as Militant Group Grows to 21,000 Fighters

Pakistan Demands TTP Surrender as Militant Group Grows to 21,000 Fighters

The Pakistani government has demanded that theTehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) surrender to the country's sovereignty as the militant group's ranks have swelled to an estimated 21,000 fighters. The TTP is reportedly replicating the Afghan Taliban's 2004 insurgency model, posing a growing threat to Pakistan's security and stability.

Why this matters: The resurgence of the TTP has significant implications for regional security and the global fight against terrorism. If left unchecked, the group's growth could embolden extremist movements elsewhere, undermining international efforts to promote peace and stability.

The TTP has a history of targeting girls' schools in Pakistan, particularly in the northwest regions of Swat and North Waziristan. The group believes that women should not be educated and has carried out numerous attacks on educational institutions. In a recent incident on Wednesday, militants bombed a girls' school in Shawa, a town in the North Waziristan district, although no immediate claim of responsibility was made.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack on the girls' school in Shawa, vowing to bring those responsible to justice. "The nefarious ambitions of terrorists to stop the education of girls will never be allowed to succeed," Sharif declared. He also ordered the immediate rebuilding of the damaged school, emphasizing his government's commitment to providing equal educational opportunities for women.

The TTP's resurgence and growing strength have been attributed to the Taliban's takeover of neighboring Afghanistan in 2021. The Pakistan government believes that the Afghan Taliban's success has emboldened the TTP, which was previously evicted from its strongholds in northwest Pakistan through successive military operations.

Pakistan has witnessed multiple attacks on girls' schools over the years, with the TTP being the primary perpetrator. In 2012, the group gained international notoriety for its attack on Malala Yousafzai, a teenage student and advocate for girls' education who went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

As the TTP continues to grow in strength and numbers, the Pakistani government faces a significant challenge in countering the group's insurgency and protecting its citizens, particularly young girls seeking an education. Prime Minister Sharif's strong condemnation of the recent school attack and his commitment to rebuilding the damaged institution send a clear message that Pakistan will not tolerate the TTP's attempts to undermine thecountry's sovereigntyand deny women their fundamental right to education.