Pakistani Taliban

islamist militant organization operating along the Durand Line
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The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (commonly called TTP) are a militant Islamist group in Pakistan. Like the Taliban in Afghanistan they are mostly Pashtun. They have done a number of attacks all over Pakistan.[1] The United States has classified them as a terrorist organisation. While they have a common name with the Taliban in Afghanistan, their ideas are different.[2] They also have a different leadership and their goals are different from those of the Afghan Taliban.[3]

Flag of The Flag of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan

The TTP want the Pakistani army to withdraw from Waziristan, which it occupied in 2009.

Differences between Afghan Taliban and the TTP


Many experts think that the common name "Taliban" for both groups is misleading.[3] Fights between the Pakistani army and the TTP have erroneously been reported as the army fighting the Afghan Taliban.[3]

The TTP acts on its own, fighting the Pakistani armed forces; Pakistan supported the Afghan Taliban in the past.[4][5][6]

The Afghan Taliban also do not take part in the fight of the TTP against the Pakistani military.[7]

The Pakistani Taliban has also been supported by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria according to a United Nations report from 2017.[8]


  1. Bajoria, Jayshree (2010-05-06). "Shared Goals for Pakistan's Militants". Interviewed by Greg Bruno. Council on Foreign Relations. Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  2. University, © Stanford; Stanford; Complaints, California 94305 Copyright. "MMP: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan". Retrieved 2021-08-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Shane, Scott (2009-10-22). "Insurgents Share a Name, but Pursue Different Goals". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  4. "Documents Detail Years of Pakistani Support for Taliban, Extremists". George Washington University. 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-30.
  5. "Crisis of Impunity". Human Rights Watch. 2001-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-30.
  6. U.S. attack on Taliban kills 23 in Pakistan, The New York Times, 9. September 2008
  7. Carlotta Gall, Ismail Khan, Pir Zubair Shah and Taimoor Shah (2009-03-26). "Pakistani and Afghan Taliban Unify in Face of U.S. Influx". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-27.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. Paton, Callum (2017-08-15). "ISIS 'Outsources' Attacks to the Taliban in Afghanistan". Newsweek. Retrieved 2023-11-18.