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Key Taliban official says Pakistan allowed US to use airspace for drone strike

09:16 PM | 28 Aug, 2022
Key Taliban official says Pakistan allowed US to use airspace for drone strike
Source: Maulvi Yaqoob (Twitter)

KABUL – Weeks after Pakistan denied the United States used its airspace to carry out a drone strike inside Afghanistan, the Taliban’s acting defence minister said Pakistan had allowed American drones to use its airspace to access Afghanistan.

Addressing a news conference in Kabul on Sunday, acting Minister of Defence Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob told reporters that American drones had been entering Afghanistan via Pakistan. 

“According to our information, the drones are entering Afghanistan through Pakistan. They use Pakistan’s airspace. We ask Pakistan don’t allow use of your airspace against us,” he said. 

Pakistan has yet to comment on this latest statement. Earlier, Pakistani authorities denied involvement in or advanced knowledge of a drone strike the United States said carried out in Kabul in July. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri was eliminated in this drone strike. 

Yaqoob’s comments could exacerbate tension between the neighbouring nations at a time when the Afghan Taliban is mediating talks between Pakistan and a Pakistani Taliban militant group called the TTP.

Afghanistan also relies heavily on trade with Pakistan as the country experiences an economic crisis. 

The Taliban said it is investigating the July air strike and that it has not found the Al-Qaeda leader’s body.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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