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Pakistan strongly reacts Taliban allegations, call it 'highly regrettable

Pakistan strongly reacts Taliban allegations, call it 'highly regrettable

By Mashal Khan 

 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan strongly reacted over allegations of Afghan acting Defense Minister that US using Islamabad airspace for drone to enter in Afghanistan and called it "highly regrettable". 

 

Pakistan Foreign Ministry in a statement said, they noted, with deep concern, the allegation by Acting Defence Minister of Afghanistan regarding use of Pakistan’s air space in the U.S. counter-terrorism drone operation in Afghanistan.

"In the absence of any evidence, as acknowledged by the Afghan Minister himself, such conjectural allegations are highly regrettable and defy the norms of responsible diplomatic conduct," said the ministry.

Pakistan reaffirms its belief in the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states and condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

"We urge the Afghan interim authorities to ensure the fulfillment of international commitments made by Afghanistan not to allow the use of its territory for terrorism against any country," its added.

 

On Sunday, Acting Defense Minister Mullah Yaqoob claimed that the US using Pakistan airspace for drone to enter in Afghanistan.

 

" Our radar system was destroyed when the Americans evacuated but our intelligence suggests that the US Drone’s were entering through Pakistan. “We demand that Pakistan does not allow its air space” ," he said.

 

He was referring the last month US drone strike in Kabul, in which President Biden claimed that they killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri. 

 

Later, Afghan Taliban condemned the attack and announced that they were unaware of al-Zawahiri's presence in Afghanistan and that Biden's "allegation" was being investigated. The Taliban and the US accused each other of violating the Doha Agreement.

 

 

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