Pakistan’s Intel Chief Brushes Away Afghanistan’s Claims of Providing Air Support to Taliban

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On Thursday, Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh claimed the Pakistan air force had threatened the Afghan Army and Air Force with air strikes if the latter took any move to dislodge the Taliban from Spin Boldak – a crucial border point which the Taliban had captured on Wednesday.

Pakistan has categorically rejected the charges made by Afghanistan about providing assistance to the Taliban during the ongoing clashes between the insurgent group and Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.

His statement comes after Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani levelled allegations against Pakistan, saying that over 10,000 Taliban fighters had crossed over into Afghanistan from the southern neighbour.

“Pakistan needs to engage constructively in the peace process for the region. Our government is committed to peace, but our forces are prepared to fight to protect our people. The price of Liberty is oftentimes the blood of Patriots,” Ghani said at the Tashkent conference on Friday.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed disappointment over the “unfounded allegations” made by Ashraf Ghani and said on Friday that his government has played an important role in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

“Even today, Pakistan will be affected the most from any unrest in the neighbouring country,” Khan said.

Earlier on Thursday, an operation by three A29 aircraft from the Afghan Air…

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