NEW DELHI: Afghan vice chairman Amrullah Saleh on Thursday accused the Pakistan Air Force of warning Afghan safety forces that it could retaliate towards any transfer to dislodge Taliban fighters within the strategic border area of Spin Boldak.
Saleh, a former spy chief who has survived multiple assassination try by the Taliban and is a trenchant critic of Pakistan, made the accusation in a tweet late on Thursday.
“Breaking: Pakistan air force has issued official warning to the Afghan Army and Air Force that any move to dislodge the Taliban from Spin Boldak area will be faced and repelled by the Pakistan Air Force. Pak air force is now providing close air support to Taliban in certain areas,” he tweeted.
As doubts had been expressed on social media in regards to the accusation, Saleh doubled down on his competition. He mentioned in one other tweet that he was “ready to share evidence” in regards to the warning from the Pakistani navy to the Afghan facet. He added that Afghan plane “as far as 10 kilometers frm Spin Boldak R warned 2 back off or face air to air missiles”.
There was no quick response to the allegation from the Pakistani facet.
More than something, the allegation mirrored the deep-seated lack of belief between the Afghan authorities led by President Ashraf Ghani and the Pakistan authorities and safety institution.
Taliban fighters captured a vital crossing on the Pakistan border in Spin Boldak area on Wednesday. The crossing, which connects to Chaman in Balochistan province on the Pakistani facet, is a key income for the Afghan authorities and a vital put up for cross-border journey and commerce.
Afghan safety forces mentioned on Thursday that they’d retaken the border crossing however this was denied by the Taliban.
As a part of a technique to seize territory throughout Afghanistan amid the fast drawdown of US troops, the Taliban has captured border crossings with Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in latest weeks.
It isn’t completely exceptional for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to supply help to the Taliban and international fighters in Afghanistan. After US forces invaded Afghanistan within the aftermath of the 9/11 assaults in 2001, PAF transport plane carried out a number of sorties from the northern Afghan metropolis of Kunduz to airlift a whole lot of Pakistani and international terrorists who fought alongside the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
The sorties over two days in November 2001, which had been dubbed the “airlift of evil” by the Western media, had been first noticed by Indian intelligence businesses. At the time, Pakistan was believed to have a whole lot of navy advisers in Afghanistan serving to the Taliban.
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