Officials at the Ministry of Defence have criticized Pakistan over its “un-coordinated” military operation close to the Afghan border and said that “Islamabad is trying to push Haqqani network and other insurgents into Afghanistan.”
Dawlat Wazizi, a spokesman for the MoD said that “Pakistan should target areas being monitored by U.S and China and ones that the Afghan government considered as a threat.”
Pakistan launched a military operation ten days ago - Khyber-IV operation - close to the Afghan border “which was supposed to be monitored by the U.S and China.”
On Saturday, the Pakistan Army announced that it had completed the first phase of Operation Khyber-IV in the Rajgal area of Khyber Agency after gaining control of a key mountain top called Brekh Top.
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the valley associated with Brekh Top is now cleared adding that the mountain top had been cleared on Friday night by the Special Services Group (SSG).
Pakistan’s ISPR said in a press release last week that "the information about Operation Khyber-IV has been shared (twice verbally and in writing) with Afghan Forces as well as Resolute Support Mission”.
But Waziri rejected the claim and said that the operation was “not coordinated with the Afghan government.”
“This operation is not coordinated with Afghanistan. It was decided that we give Pakistan the target areas which need to be cleared,” he said.
In the meantime, a former Afghan military official said that “U.S and China should not be careless over this operation.”
“UN, NATO and U.S must ask Pakistan why they launched this operation arbitrarily,” Mohsen Mukhtar, a former Afghan military officer said.
Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, the former deputy minister of interior said that “they (Pakistan) have to stop Madrassas. They must destroy the insurgency education centers and their teachers must be punished. Their leader must be handed over to Afghanistan.”