ISLAMABAD - “Terror attacks against Pakistan are being designed somewhere in Afghanistan. 95 per cent of tribal areas have been cleared and there is no space for terrorists to architect terror plans here in Pakistan,” a security official told The Nation on Saturday.

Referring to the latest attack on PAF airbase, the official said that the attack was planned in Afghanistan, a charge Kabul categorically denies.

He said terrorists dens have been cleared adding that the ongoing military offensive had left terrorists with no option but to flee towards Afghanistan from where they make terror plans to be executed in Pakistan.

Although Afghanistan too has kicked off an offensive against terrorists in their territory but he believes the move is more symbolic than practical.

On Friday, the acting provincial governor of northern Balkh province Ata Mohammad Noor also followed General Dustum in leading military operations against the militant groups in northern parts of Afghanistan.

The operations were conducted in different parts of northern Balkh, Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul provinces of Afghanistan. The offensive is jointly conducted by the Afghan National Police, National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghan National Army, Afghan Police Special Operations Forces and Quick Reaction Forces.

both countries upping the ante against terrorists, the political solution of bringing the violent Taliban to negotiation table has lost hopes as Kabul and Islamabad hold each other responsible for attacks that happen in their countries.

Pakistani security officials argue that there are numerous places in Afghanistan that are under direct control of Taliban where the writ of Afghan government is absent.

“It is obvious that terrorists have plenty of space to impart training to young recruits and where they can make terror plans without fearing action from state. On the other hand, there is no space in Pakistan where terrorists thrive,” he added.

A diplomatic source in Kabul told The Nation that Taliban are still powerful in Afghanistan despite internal bickering in their ranks following death of their supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

“After fighting Taliban for over a decade, it is clear that the muscular approach of dealing with militants has not produced desired result. Afghan National Army lacks capacity to overpower militants,” he observed.

He said Kabul is in a state of fallacy that the ongoing offensive against Taliban would result in getting rid of insurgency. “I don’t think Taliban would surrender before the traditional weapons used by Afghan army,” he asserted.

On the other side, lawmakers in Afghanistan are not in favour of striking peace deal with militants. The signing of an agreement with militants in northern Baghlan province was opposed by members of Wolesi Jirga recently.

The house reacted to the peace deal under which the government handed over the Dand-i-Ghori area of Pul-i-Khumri to Taliban.

However, Afghan Minister for Border and Tribal Affairs Mohammad Gulab Mangal said a delegation sent to the province had signed the agreement with the tribal elders of Dahn-i-Ghori not with the insurgents.

A five-member delegation, led by Mangal, had been sent to the province by the Presidential Palace on August 30 for 10 days to evaluate the security situation there and talk to different people.

But Pakistani security officials believe that while Afghan government strikes peace deal with local militants in order to restore peace in Kabul, the neighbouring country is least bothered about insurgents that make terror plan for Pakistan.

“We have intensified check on Afghans entering Pakistan through the porous border. We will soon make plans to sabotage terrorists’ designs,” the security official said.