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Sunday Aug 28 2022
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Web Desk

Afghan minister's 'conjectural allegations' defy 'norms of responsible diplomatic conduct': Pakistan

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Web Desk
Islamabad Police personnel stand outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. — AFP
Islamabad Police personnel stand outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. — AFP

  • In absence of any evidence such conjectural allegations are highly regrettable, says FO.
  • Pakistan reminded Afghanistan's interim authorities to ensure fulfilment of international commitments made by Afghanistan.
  • Acting Defence Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob had claimed American drones have been entering Afghanistan via Pakistan.


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday called the accusations made by Afghanistan’s Acting Defence Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob “conjectural allegations” and said the statement was “highly regrettable” and defied the “norms of responsible diplomatic conduct”.

“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,” said the Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement.

The spokesperson reaffirmed Islamabad’s “belief in the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states” and condemnation of “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”.

“We urge the Afghan interim authorities to ensure the fulfilment of international commitments made by Afghanistan not to allow the use of its territory for terrorism against any country,” said the spokesperson.

Taliban accuses Pakistan of allowing US drones to use its airspace

Earlier today, Taliban's acting defence minister claimed Pakistan had allowed American drones to use its airspace to access Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan has recently denied following a US air strike in Kabul.

Acting Minister of Defence Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob told reporters at a news conference in Kabul that American drones have been entering Afghanistan via Pakistan.

"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," he said.

Pakistan has denied involvement in or advanced knowledge of a drone strike the United States said it carried out in Kabul in July that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.