Pakistan's Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that Islamabad has the legal authority to act against insurgents’ hideouts “in Afghanistan” if its nation is threatened by such groups.
In an interview with Express News, the Pakistani official said Islamabad may attack the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) hideouts in Afghanistan if Kabul does not take action to dismantle them.
"When these problems arise, we first ask Afghanistan, our Islamic brother nation, to eliminate these hideouts and handover these individuals to us, but if that doesn't happen, what you mentioned is possible," Rana said.
In response to these comments, the Islamic Emirate said that it would not allow anyone to attack Afghanistan.
The Islamic Emirate's spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid, stated that Afghanistan wants to have good relations with Pakistan and that its officials should use caution when speaking.
"No country has the right to attack another nation's territory. There is no legislation in the world that permits such a transgression. If anyone has any worries, they should share them with the Islamic Emirate since it has the sufficient forces and can take action,” Mujahid said.
Some political analysts said that no country has the right to attack another country’s territory and that Islamabad and Kabul should communicate to resolve their problems.
"Their remarks are against the UN Security Council's Charter. A nation's military action against another nation is considered as a threat to global peace and security,” said Janat Fahim Chakari, political analyst.
"It will lead to damage instead of benefit if an operation is carried out in another country,” said Tahir Khan, a Pakistani journalist.
Islamabad's concerns have grown after recent bombings by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a number of Pakistani cities that left casualties.