(ANSA) – KABUL, AUG 28 – The Afghan Defense Minister, Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, accused Pakistan of providing airspace to US drones to enter his country, defining the raids as a continuation of the “invasion” of Washington . Mujahid’s comments come less than a month after US President Joe Biden announced the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Kabul. Even now, the minister argues, US drones continue to fly over the Afghan capital.
“Our information shows that US drones are entering Afghanistan from Pakistan, using the airspace of Islamabad,” Mujahid said. “We demand that Pakistan does not allow its airspace to be used against us.” At present, the Pakistani military has not made any comments, but has previously denied allowing the use of the country’s airspace. “We condemn this illegal act and call on the Americans to put an end to it,” added Mujaghid.
The attack on Zawahiri, which succeeded Osama bin Laden, was the first by the US against a target in Afghanistan since Washington withdrew its troops from the country on August 31, 2021, a few days after the Taliban returned to power. Since Islamic fundamentalists took over in Kabul, tensions on the border with Pakistan have increased: Islamabad claims that armed groups regularly carry out attacks on Pakistan from Afghan soil, which the Taliban deny. (HANDLE).