Acting Defense Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Mullah Muhammad Yaqoob Mujahid reacted to Pakistan’s recent airstrikes in Khost and Kunar provinces saying “invasion” will not be tolerated next time.

Speaking at his late father and the founder of the Taliban Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahid’s anniversary the defense minister said, they (Taliban) tolerated Pakistan’s airstrikes for the sake of national interests but will not keep quiet next time.

“Afghanistan is still facing big challenges both from the world and neighboring countries, a clear example of the latter is the recent invasion of Pakistan in Khost and Kunar provinces. We are both responsible for protecting our country but also our people.” Said Mullah Yaqoob. “We tolerated the invasion this time for our national interest and next time we might not do so.” He added.

In Pakistan’s recent airstrikes in the Spera district of the southeastern Khost province, 47 civilians were killed and more than 20 wounded.

Pakistan has not yet adopted airstrikes in Afghanistan but has insisted the Afghan government secure border areas between the two countries.