RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army Spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday that the January 24 drone strike near the tribal areas targetted an individual who had mixed with Afghan refugees.
In a tweet, the director general of the Inter Services Public Relations stated that the strike in Spintal, Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was not on any organised terrorists’ sanctuary — which have been eliminated.
“Out of total 54 Afghan Refugees Camps / complexes in Pakistan, 43 are in KP with overlap in FATA,” said a press release shared by ISPR.
Drone strike on 24 Jan was on individual target morphed into Afghan Refugees and not any organised terrorists sanctuary which have been eliminated. Validates Pak’s stance that early and dignified return of Afghan Refugees to Afghanistan is essential. pic.twitter.com/SQ5SFuYKtr
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) January 25, 2018
It said that the incident validates Pakistan’s stance that the remaining terrorists easily morph into Afghan refugees’ camps/complexes.
“Thus their early and dignified return to Afghanistan is essential. Pakistan’s brotherly hospitality to peaceful Afghan Refugees must not be exploited by the terrorists,” the press release stated.
Earlier today, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Pakistan sticks to its stance that the recent US drone strike targeted an Afghan refugee camp near Kurram Agency.
He was likely responding to a statement by the US Embassy earlier in the day which denied Pakistan’s claim that the drone strike struck an Afghan refugee camp.