Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Thursday said that the Pakistani air force has warned the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan Air Force that any move to dislodge the Taliban from the Spin Boldak area will be faced and repelled by the Pakistan Air Force.
“ Breaking: Pakistan air force has issued official warning to the Afghan Army and Air Force that any move to dislodge the Taliban from Spin Boldak area will be faced and repelled by the Pakistan Air Force. Pak air force is now providing close air support to Taliban in certain areas,” Saleh wrote in a Twitter post.
This comes two days after Taliban fighters claimed that they had seized control of the Spin Boldak crossing area between Afghan and Pakistan territory.
Spin Boldak crossing is one of the key strategic locations in Kandahar province, which is adjacent to Pakistan.
Video released by the Taliban on social media showed the group's white flag flying in place of the Afghanistan’s national flag above the Friendship Gate.
This new development takes place as Pakistan has announced that it will hold a peace conference on Afghanistan in the coming days.
The meeting was originally scheduled on July 17. But it was postponed due to a trip by prominent Afghan political leaders to Doha where they are set to meet with Taliban leaders about ending the current conflict.
The Taliban recently seized some other major border crossings, in Herat, Farah and Kunduz provinces.