CSTO takes measures to counter Afghan terrorist threat

KABUL (Khaama Press): The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is actively addressing the terrorist threat originating from Afghanistan, according to Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov, the chief of the CSTO Joint Staff.

Sidorov stated that there is currently no significant military security issue in Afghanistan. However, concerns persist due to the Afghan government’s limited control, especially in the northern areas near CSTO member states.

“As of today, there is no overarching problem regarding military security or military danger coming from the territory of Afghanistan. However, at the same time, we realize that the current leadership of Afghanistan does not yet fully have the situation in the country under control, including in the northern areas that border CSTO member states. Therefore, certain measures are being taken,” Sidorov said in a press conference, TASS news agency reported.

Drug trafficking remains a persistent problem originating from Afghanistan, but efforts are underway to find solutions to this issue, according to Sidorov.

A Pakistan-Russia Joint Working Group on Combating International Terrorism and Security Challenges recently convened in Islamabad, focusing on global and regional terrorist threats, emphasising Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, and North Africa.

The dialogue highlighted the complex nature of the terrorism landscape and the importance of sustained vigilance, as noted by Pakistan’s foreign ministry.

The Taliban administration claims to have complete control over all Afghan territories and asserts that borders are now more secure than ever.

The situation in Afghanistan remains a dynamic and evolving concern for regional security, with various stakeholders actively monitoring and responding to developments in the region.