ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has rejected reports that Pakistan carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan as “utterly baseless and malicious”.
FO Spokesperson Mumtaz Zehra Baloch issued the statement after Afghan journalists claimed that Pakistani fighter planes targeted the suspected hideouts of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists in two Afghani provinces – Kunra an Nangarhar.
The Afghan journalists also shared fake photos of smoke billowing out from the mountains in their WhatsApp groups.
However, the security officials of Pakistan and Afghanistan have dined the reports of air raids. Furthermore, the TTP militants in Afghanistan also reportedly rejected the claims.
An Afghan-based newspaper also claimed that Pakistan targeted militants in Salala neighbourhood near the Gushta district on Thursday morning.
Reacting to the Afghan media reports, Ms Baloch said termed the reports “utterly baseless and malicious”.
Since November last, Pakistan has witnessed a spike in terrorism cases after the TTP withdrew from the ceasefire agreement unilaterally.
The banned terror group was involved in around 100 terrorist cases in 2022.
A day earlier, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said the National Security Committee (NSC) had made it clear that there will be no talks with any terrorist organization.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said any organization used for terrorism against people or the state was unacceptable.
The interior minister said the Afghan Taliban had promised to the entire world, including Pakistan, that they would not allow their land to be used for terrorist activities against any country.