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Pakistan dismisses Afghan Minister’s allegation about permitting use of its airspace by U.S. for drone assaults

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Mohammad Yaqoob informed reporters in Kabul that the U.S. drones have been coming into Afghanistan by way of Pakistan’s airspace.

Mohammad Yaqoob informed reporters in Kabul that the U.S. drones have been coming into Afghanistan by way of Pakistan’s airspace.

Pakistan has rejected allegations by the Taliban’s performing Defence Minister about using its airspace by the U.S. for drone assaults in Afghanistan, saying his remarks have been “extremely regrettable” and defied the “norms of accountable diplomatic conduct.”

The allegations have been made by Mohammad Yaqoob on Sunday, practically a month after al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by a missile fired from a CIA drone in opposition to his hideout in central Kabul on July 31.

The assault was the primary identified strike by the U.S. on a goal in Afghanistan since Washington withdrew its forces from the war-torn nation on August 31 final 12 months.

Yaqoob informed reporters in Kabul that the U.S. drones have been coming into Afghanistan by way of Pakistan’s airspace.

Overseas Workplace Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed mentioned in an in a single day assertion that Pakistan has famous, with deep concern, the allegation by the Appearing Defence Minister of Afghanistan relating to using Pakistan’s air area within the U.S. counter-terrorism drone operation in Afghanistan.

“Within the absence of any proof, as acknowledged by the Afghan Minister himself, such conjectural allegations are extremely regrettable and defy the norms of accountable diplomatic conduct,” he mentioned.

Pakistan reaffirmed its perception within the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states and mentioned that it condemns terrorism in all its types and manifestations.

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“We urge the Afghan interim authorities to make sure the fulfilment of worldwide commitments made by Afghanistan to not enable using its territory for terrorism in opposition to any nation,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Pakistani authorities have beforehand denied involvement within the U.S. drone strike it carried out in Kabul that killed 71-year-old Zawahiri.

Border tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen because the Taliban seized energy final 12 months, with Islamabad claiming militant teams are finishing up common assaults from the neighbouring nation.

By- The Hindu

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