Those favoring the “capacity” narrative also seek to correct the mis-perception that the Pakistani security establishment is unaware of the growing linkages between
the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani militant groups. However, they argue that while the current links remain limited, it is precisely the fear of these growing into full blown operational cooperation and coordination that prevents the Pakistani state from targeting Afghan insurgent groups on its soil. Moreover, the security
establishment is able to take advantage of the present linkages between these groups from time to time by persuading the Afghan Taliban to pressure the TTP
and other North Waziristan-based militants to curtail their activities.

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