An Afghan newspaper Hasht-e-Subh Daily has claimed that Pakistan has carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan, i.e. Nangarhar province on January 5, 2023, following repeated warnings from both Taliban-Pakistan governments.
Sources in Nangarhar said that Pakistani fighters bombed allegedly TTP stronghold targets in Salala neighborhood in the vicinity of Gushta district on Thursday morning January 5. The government of Pakistan and the Taliban have not yet officially commented on this matter.
Following the strike, the clashes erupted between Pakistani forces and Taliban fighters at the Torkham border crossing. Local sources in Torkham pass said that the clash between Pakistani soldiers and Taliban fighters took place at 11:00 am on Thursday.
Earlier, Pakistan’s National Security Council (NSC) decided three days ago that the country’s forces should adopt a zero-tolerance policy against terrorists, and there were reports that Pakistan is likely to carry out operations and airstrikes in Afghanistan.
Recently, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has categorically said that Pakistan will take action in Afghanistan if the attacks from Afghanistan do not stop. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has warned of serious consequences for such an attempt.
Following the attack, Pakistan’s Foreign Office has strongly denied the report of airstrikes in Afghanistan, but the Kabul government has remained silent on the report. What is the reality of this report and what are the objectives behind it will be clear in the coming days.
If this action has been done by the government of Pakistan with the consent of the Taliban government, then it means something else.
If the airstrikes in Afghanistan have been done by the United States or at the behest of the United States, not keeping the Taliban government in the loop, then it also means something else and its results can also be completely different. Only the Taliban government can solve this mystery.