Pak activates satellite air bases near Afghan, Indian borders

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According to intelligence sources, two satellite bases named Kotli and Rawalkot have also been activated along the border with India, reports Asian Lite News

At a time when Pakistani intelligence agencies can be seen openly meddling in Afghan affairs, the Pakistan Air Force has activated an air base on its eastern front in Balochistan area close to Afghanistan.

Two other satellite bases named Kotli and Rawalkot have also been activated along the border with India, intelligence sources said. The sources said the Pakistan Air Force has 12 active and an equal number of satellite bases for operations.

“The Pakistan Air Force keeps activating these bases from time to time for operational readiness and the frequency has increased after the Balakot air strike by India in February 2019 where the Indian Mirage 2000 fighters could manage to get in and out of Pakistan territory undetected and unchallenged,” the sources said.

Sources said the Indian agencies are continuously monitoring Pakistani activities as all its bases are effectively covered by Indian radars and other systems round the clock.

Agencies are also keeping a track of the Pakistan Air Force activities on their eastern front where the Shamsi air field in Pakistan has been reactivated to support Taliban operations in the war-torn country, the sources said.

Pakistan has been supporting the Taliban in its fight against both America and the Afghanistan national army for a long time trying to control the happenings and developments there, the sources said.

The Shamsi air field has been used in the past by the American forces deployed in Afghanistan to launch attacks against the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists but they were forced to vacate it by Islamabad after Pakistan Army troops got killed in an American air raid.

‘Pak in charge in Afghanistan’

Former Afghanistan Vice President Amrullah Saleh has said the Taliban are being micro-managed by Pakistan’s notorious intelligence agency, the ISI.

Writing for The Dail Mail, Saleh said the Taliban’s spokesperson receives directions, literally every hour, from the Pakistani Embassy.

“It is the Pakistanis who are in charge as effectively a colonial power. But this is not going to last because they and their clients will not be able to erect a functioning economy or create a civil service,” he added.

“They may have territorial control, but as our history has shown, control of land does not necessarily mean control over the people or stability. And I do not see Taliban having any idea about governance,” he added.

Saleh said many fighters are flocking in Panjshir to join the National Resistance Front (NRF) – anti-Taliban fighters, former Afghan security forces and ordinary Afghans who want to stop returning to the rule of the Taliban.

“For the Taliban have not won any hearts and minds. They have simply exploited the flawed policy of a fatigued American President – not necessarily the United States itself – and they are being micromanaged by Pakistan’s notorious intelligence agency, the ISI,” Saleh said in the article.

“Now, with the closure of the airport in Kabul, the Afghan exodus is continuing at the other border crossings and it is worse than it was during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s. This is not only shameful for President (Joe) Biden, it is shameful for the whole of Western civilisation. Your politicians know that Pakistan is running the show,” Saleh said.

Saleh told his bodyguard on the way to Panjshir from Kabul: “We will fight our way through. We will fight it together. But should I get injured, I have one request of you. Shoot me twice in my head. I don’t want to surrender to the Taliban. Ever.”

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