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Pakistan denies airstrikes in afghanistan: Foreign Office

Pakistan Denies Airstrikes In Afghanistan: Foreign Office:

Pakistan Denies Airstrikes In Afghanistan: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has termed baseless reports of Pakistani fighter jets airstrikes in Afghanistan on Thursday.

The spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mumtaz Zahra Baloch labelled the airstrikes reports as “utterly baseless and malicious”.

The FO issued statement after some Afghan journalists reported baseless news that Pakistani jets pounded the hideouts of the banned TTP militants in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan on Thursday.

Afghan journalists also shared an old photo of smoke emitting out of a mountain and claimed that it was the place where Pakistani jets attacked.

Meanwhile, on Thursday chief spokesman of Afghan government Zabihullah Mujahid said that Taliban forces have killed Daesh militants who attacked the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul.

Zabihullah Mujahid also said that several militants have been killed in security forces’ operations. He said that most of the militants were foreign nationals, who belonged to a Daesh network.

On Dec 2, some militants of Daesh attacked the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul. Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani was the main target of militants.

Nizamani, however, escaped unhurt in the attack while his bodyguard suffered critically injuries of the gunshots.

Earlier, Daesh militants attacked the embassy of Pakistan in Kabul last month. Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid disclosed this today (Jan 5).

A security official suffered critical injuries in the attack when he attempted to save life of Ubaidur Rehman Nizamani, charge d’Affaires of Pakistan in Kabul.

Daesh militants attacked the embassy on Dec 2, 2022, Zabihullah Mujahid told media today.

According to media reports, a banned militant outfit _ Islamic State group’s Khorasan chapter (IS-K) claimed the responsibility of the attack. The group confirmed that they targeted envoy of Pakistan in Kabul.

Afghan government’s spokesperson said, “Afghan forces conducted operations in Kabul against a “dangerous network” of the Islamic State/Daesh. The group attacked the Pakistani embassy and a hotel where Chinese citizens were staying.”

Zabihullah Mujahid made this disclosure two days after the Pakistan government demanded a strict action against terrorists using Afghan soil.

Earlier, Afghan government appeared upset after recent statements of the National Security Committee of Pakistan and federal ministers about the use of Afghan soil for terrorist attacks against Pakistan.

Afghan Taliban chief spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, “We want better relations with all our neighbours, including Pakistan.”

In its recent meetings, the National Security Committee of Pakistan headed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif asked the Taliban government (without naming it) not to provide sanctuaries to Pakistani terrorist groups on its soil.

In recent months, Pakistan has reported a sharp increase in terror incidents, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, after Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif also said that cross-border attacks are taking place from Afghanistan.

He said that terrorists are using Afghanistan to carry out attack against Pakistan.

Speaking in a TV programme on Monday night, minister said that the Afghan government promised Islamabad that they would not allow anyone to use their land against Pakistan.

He said “The Pakistani government is in constant touch with Afghanistan in connection with border violations.”

Defence Minister revealed that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province recorded 58% of all terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, after KP province, Balochistan faced the most attacks while Sindh and Punjab reported fewer attacks, he added.

Javed Mahmood
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