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FO rubbishes reviews of Pakistan air strikes in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: The Overseas Workplace (FO) on Thursday categorically rejected reviews claiming that Pakistan had carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan, terming them to be “totally baseless and malicious”.

The assertion got here hours after reviews surfaced claiming Pakistan had carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

Afghan newspaper Hasht-e-Subh Day by day quoted sources as saying that Pakistan “bombed targets in Salala neighborhood within the neighborhood of Gushta district” on Thursday morning.

The event comes amid an uptick in terrorist assaults throughout the nation, believed to have been deliberate and directed by the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders primarily based in Afghanistan.

The TTP, which has ideological linkages with the Afghan Taliban, executed round greater than 100 assaults final yr, most of which occurred after August when the group’s peace talks with the Pakistan authorities started to falter. The ceasefire was formally ended final yr on Nov 28 by the TTP.

It additionally comes because the Nationwide Safety Committee (NSC) categorically requested Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, with out immediately naming them, to disclaim secure haven to Pakistani terrorist teams on its soil and finish their patronage, whereas reiterating its intent to crush terrorist teams working contained in the nation with full drive.

The uncharacteristically strong-worded assertion issued on the finish of the NSC assembly, which spanned two days, stated: “Pakistan’s safety is uncompromisable and the total writ of the state can be maintained on each inch of the (sic) Pakistan’s territory.”

The committee agreed on quite a few steps to take care of the worsening safety state of affairs, which has additionally drawn the eye of quite a few vital capitals prompting them to concern advisories for his or her nationals residing right here.

An important of all these actions was to ship an unequivocal message to neighbouring Afghanistan to finish all its assist to TTP. “No nation can be allowed to offer sanctuaries and facilitation to terrorists and Pakistan reserves all rights in that respect to safeguard her folks,” the NSC assertion stated.

The warning was despatched out within the midst of an escalating disagreement between the 2 nations over TTP and the border dispute.

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