The Islamic Emirate said that it was not aware of the al-Qaeda leader’s presence in Kabul or his trip to the city, responding to US President Joe Biden’s claims of killing Zawahiri.
Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that the Islamic Emirate is investigating the “claims of the US President Joe Biden” about killing the al-Qaeda leader in Kabul.
“On the 2nd of Muharran 1444 an air strike was carried out on a residential house in Kabul city, two days later, US President Joe Biden claimed that US troops had targeted Al-Qaeda leader Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri in this attack, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no information about Ayman al-Zawahiri's arrival and stay in Kabul. The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has instructed the investigative and intelligence agencies to conduct a comprehensive and serious investigation into the various aspects of the incident."
The statement continued:
"There is no threat to any country, including America, from the soil of Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate wants to implement the Doha pact and the violation of the pact must end,” the statement reads.
The Islamic Emirate also called the US drone strike in Kabul a violation of Afghanistan's territorial sovereignty and added that Kabul is bound by the Doha Agreement.
“The fact that America invaded our territory and violated all international principles, we strongly condemn the action once again. If such action is repeated, the responsibility of any consequences will be on the United States of America,” the statement further said.
“This issue can neither be confirmed nor denied. If they refuse it, all the intelligence agencies of the world confirmed this issue and maybe America will not lie in such a big way. And if they approve it, they will face the world,” said Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, another political analyst.
“This action will strengthen their opponents, their opponents in the West will say that they are not faithful to their promises, they will say that they are not committed to their promises,” said Wahid Faqiri, another political analyst.
“The actions of foreigners have always been based on conspiracy. They have not taken an honest action that is in the best interest of Afghanistan,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, another political analyst.
President Biden announced Monday that al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a US drone strike in Kabul, although no documentation has been made public.
“If Zawahiri was killed in Afghanistan, why wasn't he killed in Pakistan? Did America not know where Zawahiri was for a long time and it waited so long for him to come to Afghanistan and then kill him here? This is all a political conspiracy,” said Naqibullah Noori, political analyst.
Al-Zawahri led al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden and was on the US’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, and had a $25 million bounty on his head for any information that could be used to kill or capture him.