WAZIRISTAN, Pakistan – The Pakistani Taliban say the Afghan Taliban are financially supporting their war against Islamabad and providing their fighters sanctuary in neighboring Afghanistan.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid revealed the support Saturday in an interview with a small group of reporters in Waziristan, the Taliban's main tribal sanctuary in Pakistan.
The disclosure is meaningful because Pakistan has long been accused of pursuing a policy of differentiating between the Afghan and Pakistan Taliban as so-called "good" and "bad" militants — even though Islamabad denies this.
Pakistan has waged war against the Pakistani Taliban, which seeks to impose Islamic law in the country. But it has held off on targeting the Afghan Taliban, which has focused its attacks inside Afghanistan.
The spokesman requested the exact location of the interview not be revealed.