ISLAMABAD - Marching towards success, the military has been able to squeeze life out of the foreign militants who have either been killed or made to look for covers in inhospitable areas that are eventually destined to become their graveyards.

The foreign militants are on the run to the adjacent areas of Khost (Afghanistan) where they are not expected to be welcomed and their return to North Waziristan has already been zeroed by the forces.

“The foreign militants including Uzbeks, Chechens and Arabs are on the run and also trying to enter Afghanistan from Khost border, but they will not find it easy to get space in the ranks of Afghan Taliban,” said Rustam Shah Mohmand, a senior member of government negotiating committee, which was holding dialogue with TTP before the start of military operation Zarb-e-Azab in North Waziristan by the mid of June.

Mohmand, a specialist of Afghanistan and Central Asian Affairs, told this scribe that the foreign militants of different localities have started fleeing to different areas to get refugee in this tough situation. “If they succeed to enter Afghan soil, they will hardly be welcomed,” he opined.

“These foreign militants will also not be in a position to get hold on the area again if they try to return to NWA,” he commented. While quoting media reports, he said a large number of foreign militants have been killed in Zarb-e-Azab.

Talking to The Nation, the spokesperson for Afghan Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid said they would welcome the migrants of North Waziristan who were compelled to leave their residents due to military operation Zarb-e-Azab. “Families with children and women are getting refugee in different places. We will welcome them as they are our guests,” said Mujahid, giving the reference of long relations between the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

About foreign militants, the Afghan Taliban spokesman said that there was less possibility of foreign militants (Uzbek, Chechen, Arab) to intrude in Afghanistan. “They will not come here as it is near to impossible,” he said, avoiding to elaborate his answer. “They are fighting their own war and here we are fighting our war with America,” he rushed to remark.

Pakistan has recently expressed confidence that Afghan authorities will respond positively to Pakistan’s call for enhanced security at the border following a full-scale military operation Zarb-e-Azab in the North Waziristan. “We are conducting an operation to eliminate terrorism and it is in Afghanistan’s own interest to cooperate with Pakistan and our expectation is that Afghanistan would,” the Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam had recently made it clear to the media. She had further said that the Afghan government will take necessary measures on its side of the border to stop the militants fleeing North Waziristan into Afghanistan.

It is also noteworthy that Pakistan military spokesperson Maj Gen Asim Bajwa has recently confirmed about presence of a large number of Uzbeks and other foreign militants in North Waziristan, saying that they will all be wiped out. “Action is being taken to weaken the enemy,” he had said, adding that terrorists’ movement was restricted by tightening security at Pak-Afghan border.