The Express Tribune citing its sources reported that Pakistan is dismayed by the Taliban acting defence minister’s allegations that the country was allowing the US to operate drone from its soil.
The sources told The Express Tribune that the comments of Mullah Yaqoob reflect the same mindset of the previous administrations that blamed their own follies on Islamabad.
“Pakistan was not expecting such a public statement from the senior Afghan Taliban leader given the fact that Islamabad had done so much for the interim government since the Taliban returned to power,” sources told The Express Tribune. “Islamabad has privately conveyed in categorical terms to the de facto rulers of Kabul that such public outbursts will be detrimental for the bilateral ties.”
The allegations of drone attack on Kabul through Pakistan has been stated after the killing of Al Qaeda’s leader, Al Zawahiri, in Kabul.
The news comes as last week, Mullah Yaqoob, said, “according to our information the drones are entering through Pakistan to Afghanistan, they use Pakistan’s airspace, we ask Pakistan, don’t use your airspace against us.”
Responding to the allegations, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson, Asim Iftikhar said, “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.”
The presence and killing of Zawahiri in Kabul was embarrassing for the Taliban, who repeatedly pledged not to allow the soil of Afghanistan to be used again by terrorist groups. The Taliban in particular made a commitment in Doha to cut ties with al Qaeda.