Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Pakistan says US struck Afghan refugee camp, not terrorist sanctuary


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday reiterated that the United States targeted an Afghan refugee camp in Kurram Agency and not a terrorist sanctuary a day earlier, while the US has denied that the drone strike struck an Afghan refugee camp.

In separate statements released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Foreign Office, Pakistan refuted the US claim that it hadn’t struck an Afghan refugee camp in Kurram Agency.

Earlier in the day, the US Embassy spokesperson issued a statement, saying: “The claim in an MFA statement yesterday that US forces struck an Afghan refugee camp in Kurram Agency yesterday is false.”

Responding to the US’s claim, Pakistan Army Spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the January 24 drone strike near the tribal areas targetted an individual who had mixed with Afghan refugees.

In a tweet, the ISPR director general stated that the strike in Spintal, Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was not on any organised terrorists’ sanctuary – which have been eliminated.

“Drone strike on 24 Jan was on individual target morphed into Afghan Refugees and not any organised terrorists sanctuary which have been eliminated. Validates Pak’s stance that early and dignified return of Afghan Refugees to Afghanistan is essential,” he tweeted.

“Out of total 54 Afghan Refugees Camps/complexes in Pakistan, 43 are in KP with overlap in FATA,” said a press release shared by the ISPR.

It said that the incident validates Pakistan’s stance that the remaining terrorists easily morph into Afghan refugees’ camps/complexes.

Meanwhile, Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal, while refuting the claim, stressed that unilateral actions by the United States were detrimental to the spirit of cooperation between Islamabad and Washington in the fight against terrorism.

“Pakistan continues to emphasise to the US the importance of sharing actionable intelligence, so that appropriate action is taken against terrorists by our forces within our territory,” he said.

“Such unilateral actions are detrimental to the spirit of cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism.”

“Refugees early and dignified return to Afghanistan is essential. Pakistan’s brotherly hospitality to peaceful Afghan Refugees must not be exploited by the terrorists,” the press release stated.

On Wednesday, Pakistani officials and police had said two missiles fired from a US drone have struck a home near the Afghan border, killing two militants from the Haqqani network.

Local police chief Ameer Zaman Khan had said that strike took place in Dapa Mamuzai village near Kurram tribal region.

Two intelligence officials identified the slain militants as commander Ahsanullah and Nasir Mehsud. They said the men were from the Haqqani network of the Afghan Taliban.

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