Taliban summons Pakistani diplomat over airstrikes in Afghanistan

The Taliban’s Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d’affaires of the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, delivering an objection letter regarding recent Pakistani military airstrikes in Khost and Paktika provinces, according to a ministry statement.

The Taliban condemned the attacks, emphasizing its intolerance for any assault on Afghanistan’s soil. The statement called on Pakistan’s new government to refrain from “irresponsible measures” and “wrong policies” that could further complicate relations between the two nations.

The airstrikes early Monday resulted in the deaths of at least eight people, including three children and five women.

This diplomatic engagement follows a telephone conversation between the Taliban’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Pakistani Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar. Muttaqi expressed a desire for improved bilateral relations and extended an invitation to Dar to visit Kabul.