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Pakistan confirms airstrikes inside Afghanistan against terrorist

Pakistan confirms airstrikes inside Afghanistan against terrorist

By Mashal Khan

 

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan on Monday confirmed that its military carried out airstrikes inside Afghanistan targeted terrorist sanctuaries.

In statement, Pakistan Foreign ministry said this morning Pakistan carried out intelligence-based anti-terrorist operations in the border regions inside Afghanistan. 

 

"The target of today’s operation was the terrorists belonging to Hafiz Gul Bahadur Group, which along with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is responsible for multiple terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, resulting in deaths of hundreds of civilians and law enforcement officials. The latest attack took place on 16 March 2024 at a security post in Mir Ali in North Waziristan and claimed the lives of seven Pakistani soldiers,"  said the ministry.

 

"Over the past two years, Pakistan has repeatedly conveyed its serious concerns to the Interim Afghan Government over the presence of terror outfits including TTP inside Afghanistan. These terrorists pose a grave threat to Pakistan’s security and have consistently used Afghan territory to launch terror attacks inside Pakistani territory. 

 

Pakistan accords prime importance to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan. It has, therefore, always prioritized dialogue and cooperation to confront the terrorist threat. We have repeatedly urged the Afghan authorities to take concrete and effective action to ensure that the Afghan soil is not used as a staging ground for terrorism against Pakistan. We have also called on them to deny safe havens to TTP and to hand over its leadership to Pakistan, said the ministry.

 

Earlier Afghan Taliban claimed that Pakistan carried out airstrikes in Khost and Paktika provinces and killed 6 persons including three women and three children.

 

However, Pakistan said that Islamabad has great respect for the people of Afghanistan, However, certain elements among those in power in Afghanistan are actively patronising TTP and using them as a proxy against Pakistan.

 

"Such an approach against a brotherly country, which stood with the people of Afghanistan through thick and thin, manifests shortsightedness. It ignores the support extended by Pakistan to the people of Afghanistan over the last several decades. We urge these elements in power to rethink the policy of siding with Khwarij terrorists shedding the blood of innocent Pakistanis and to make a clear choice to stand with the people of Pakistan," said Foreign Ministry.

 

Terrorist groups like TTP are a collective threat to regional peace and security. We fully realize the challenge Afghan authorities face in combating the threat posed by TTP. Pakistan would therefore continue to work towards finding joint solutions in countering terrorism and to prevent any terrorist organization from sabotaging bilateral relations with Afghanistan, it added.

 

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