Quetta Shura

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Quetta Shura is a militant organization composed of the top leadership of the Afghan Taliban, based since about 2001 in Quetta in Balochistan province of Pakistan.[1] It was formed after forces led by the United States attacked the Taliban in Afghanistan in November 2001, when the senior leadership including escaped into Pakistan.[2].Baluchistan, a province in western Pakistan, is off-limits to the Pakistani military because ethnic Baluchis have fiercely resisted central government intrusion.

Up to seven of the Afghan Taliban leaders who sit on the 15-man shura are believed to be agents of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI). Some sources maintain that every member of the shura has ISI links. [3]


  1. The Quetta Shura Taliban: An Overlooked Problem, International Affairs Review, 2009-11-23
  2. Going the Distance, The Washington Post, 2009-02-15
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