The Taliban say, “Pakistan helps America against them.”
In July, al-Zawahiri was killed in Kabul in a US drone strike.
Pakistan has refuted the allegations and said – it may spoil relations between the two countries.
Islamabad. On the Taliban’s claim that Pakistan allows the United States to use drones from its soil against Afghanistan, Islamabad told leaders in Kabul that such claims would be detrimental to bilateral relations. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a US drone strike in central Kabul on July 31. A month later, Afghanistan’s acting defense minister, Mullah Muhammad Yacob, claimed last week that Pakistan was allowing the United States to operate drones from its soil against the war-torn country.
He said: “According to our information, drones are entering Afghanistan from Pakistan. They are using Pakistani airspace. We call on Pakistan not to allow its airspace to be used against us. The Express Tribune newspaper, citing official sources, said in a report on Sunday that Pakistan was disappointed with Yakub’s allegations and that it reflected the same mentality as the previous Afghan administration, which used to blame Islamabad for its own chess.
The report, citing sources, said Pakistan did not expect such a public statement from the top Afghan Taliban leader, despite the fact that Islamabad has done a lot for the interim government of Afghanistan since the Taliban have returned to power. He said Kabul’s de facto rulers have been made clear in private that such allegations would be detrimental to bilateral relations.
Since Zawahiri’s murder, questions have arisen as to where and from where the US drone took off. Apart from denying its involvement in this, Pakistan also said that neither the drone took off from Pakistan nor used Pakistani airspace.
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FIRST POST: September 05, 2022, 7:58 PM IST