ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday raised questions about whether Pakistani airspace was used in the US drone attack that killed the leader of Al- Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul.
He even demanded an official declaration from the ministries. Chaudhry’s remarks came after the country’s military denied using Pakistani soil in the killing. They said there was no question of Pakistani soil being used for “such a purpose”, Geo News reported.
“The question is whether Pakistan’s airspace was allowed to remain unused,” Chaudhry tweeted today. “The repetitive statements about the non-use of Pakistani land are unclear,” Chaudhry said.
On Friday, Chaudhry said the Pakistanis wanted to know if they would once again become a tool of the United States against al-Qaeda. The former federal minister asked if Pakistani airspace was used for the US drone attack on al-Zawahiri.
On July 31, the United States carried out a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor to head al-Qaeda.
Al-Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 and continued to urge his followers to attack the United States.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had warned that “providing airspace to America” ​​could damage relations with Afghanistan.
“If we give space and if America carries out a drone attack in Afghanistan, it will affect our tribal areas. Do we want to be part of someone else’s war in the midst of these crises?” he asked in an interview with Express News this week.
Following the assassination of one of the main architects of the 9/11 attacks, Ayman-Al-Zawahiri, several media outlets strongly indicated that Pakistan may have played a significant role in the elimination of him and his predecessor, Osama Ben. Laden, like many of the similarities were found in the two attacks which took place eleven years apart.
According to media reports, the US drone flew from a “friendly” country in the Middle East using Pakistan’s airspace, however, no confirmed news has emerged as in the case of Osama. The reports are, however, denied by Washington and Islamabad, as was done in the case of Osama.
The Pakistani army and the Shehbaz Sharif government are currently trying to obtain an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan which the United States urgently needs.



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