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Pakistan-Afghanistan counter-attacks, at least 8 killed

Arafat Rahman

Pakistan carried out airstrikes in Khost and Paktika provinces bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistan carried out airstrikes in Khost and Paktika provinces bordering Afghanistan. Five women and three children were killed in Afghanistan in this attack. In response to the attack, the Taliban, the ruling armed group of Afghanistan, demanded a counter-attack in Pakistan.

On Monday, the Afghan Taliban said Pakistan carried out twin airstrikes in Khost and Paktia. In retaliation for the attack, Afghan security forces targeted Pakistan’s military using heavy weapons.

The retaliatory attack comes amid a wide-ranging dispute between the two neighboring countries over who is responsible for recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Pakistan says that militants are attacking Pakistan from Afghan territory. But Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban denied Islamabad’s allegations.

In a statement, Taliban administration spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, “Afghanistan does not allow anyone to use Afghan territory to compromise security.”

In another statement, the Taliban’s defense ministry said it had targeted Pakistani troops along the border in response to airstrikes. However, Pakistan’s military and foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the attack.

Earlier, unidentified militants attacked a Pakistani military post on Saturday, killing at least seven members of the country’s security forces. After this attack, Pakistan attacked Afghanistan.

However, it was not immediately clear why the attack was carried out. But Pakistani government and security officials say such attacks have increased in recent months. Pakistan’s banned militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) has claimed responsibility for many of them. And Pakistan has alleged that most of these attacks were carried out from the territory of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Taliban denied the allegations, saying their territory was not allowed to be used by militants. “Pakistan should not blame Afghanistan for lack of control, incompetence and problems in its own territory,” Taliban spokesman Mujahid said in a statement. Such events can have dire consequences; Which will not be under the control of Pakistan.

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