'Pak getting millions for US strikes on Afghanistan, have evidence': Taliban
On July 31, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden`s deputy and successor as leader of Al-Qaeda.
- Taliban claimed that Pak has received money for allowing the US airstrikes
- Taliban said 'We have substantial evidence to back our claims'
- On July 31, a US airstrike in Afghanistan killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri
Kabul: In the wake of the US drone operation that killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Taliban claimed that Pakistan has received a whopping sum of money for allowing the US airstrikes in Afghanistan and added that they have substantial evidence to back their claims, media reports said. On July 31, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden`s deputy and successor as leader of Al-Qaeda. It is also worth noting that this is a key development as the Taliban has already claimed that the US drones that invaded Afghanistan to kill Zawahiri made their way through the airspace of Pakistan.
Addressing a meeting commemorating World Tourism Day, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, Political Deputy of the Taliban-led Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that Pakistan has received millions of dollars to concede to the US demands of using its airspace, reported Khaama Press. While claiming to have in possession the evidence, especially videos to back its claims, Stanekzai said that the evidence proves how Pakistan has given the US access to its airspace, reported Khaama Press.
As Pakistan is currently undergoing a severe economic crisis, Stanekzai said that even as the situation remains grim in Islamabad it should not exploit Afghanistan to alleviate its economic situation. Earlier, Talibani-appointed Minister of Defense, Mullah Yaqoub Mujahid accused Pakistan of allowing its airspace and territory to be used by the US`s drones.
In response to the Taliban`s claims that Pakistan acted in collusion with the US for carrying out the strikes, Pakistan said these are merely "conjectural allegations", and a violation of the norms of responsible diplomatic conduct. Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and continued to urge his followers to attack the United States.