Quetta Shura Taliban (QST)

Quetta Shura is a council of Taliban leaders who took refuge in Quetta, Pakistan after the Taliban regime was toppled by the United States in 2001. Quetta Shura openly collects funds through its Islamic charity fronts in major cities of Pakistan, and recruiting local Balochis to torch the NATO supply tankers. Balochistan's gas and mineral reserves and strategically located Gwadar port are crucial to energy-starved Pakistan, making it an important strategic area for stability to both the Pakistan and the United States. The instability and radicalization fed by the Quetta Shura, and especially the sentiments of the Balochis opposed to this group, make it vulnerable to insurgency.VideoVideo: 2010 Pakistani officials say they have captured at least seven senior members of the Afghan Taliban hiding in Pakistan. The militants are known to have been hiding in the Pakistani city of Quetta near the Afghan border and are known as members of the "Quetta Shura". The biggest catch…

Quetta Shura Taliban (QST) is an active group formed c. 2001.
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