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Afghanistan will never allow its land to be used against Pakistan, Ghani tells PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and condemned the Peshawar airbase attack which claimed lives of 29 people including security personnel, ARY News reported.

According to details, the Afghan president called PM Sharif on Monday evening and expressed grief over the loss of lives in Badhaber airbase attack.

He condemned the terrorist attack in strongest of words.

“The Afghan President condemned the attack on the air force base and extended his heartfelt condolences on demise of civil and military personnel in the incident,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.

It added, “the Afghan President said Afghanistan will never allow its land to be used against Pakistan by anyone”.

Pakistani Taliban militants dressed in official uniforms attacked the air force base near the northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least 29 people, most of them soldiers, the group’s deadliest assault in months following a major military offensive against them.

All 14 attackers were also killed by security agencies.

The insurgents entered the residential compound at the base, attacking a mosque where they killed 16 air force personnel as they were about to offer dawn prayers.

A splinter group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack in an e-mail sent to journalists.

Addressing a crowded press conference shortly afterwards, the spokesman for the Pakistan Army, Maj Gen Asim Salim Bajwa had said that the attack was “planned and controlled” from Afghanistan.

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