DOMINIC Raab did not deny that there is a campaign to oust him as UK Foreign Secretary as the senior Tory hit back at criticism of his department's response to the Afghanistan crisis.

Raab faced criticism for being on holiday while the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital of Kabul within days of the UK and US pulling troops from the country.

He has said that “with hindsight” he would have abandoned his holiday sooner.

The Sunday Times recently reported that the Foreign Secretary had "shown no interest” in taking calls from either Afghan or Pakistani officials in the six months before the evacuation from Afghanistan.

The newspaper cited an unnamed Pakistani official, who said Raab had thought of Afghanistan as “yesterday’s war”.

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In an interview on BBC Breakfast this morning, Raab was asked by host Dan Walker if he thinks there is a "campaign to get [him] out of the job".

Saying that politics is a "rough game", the Foreign Secretary said that August is "known as the silly season for this kind of stuff".

He continued: "Anyone that's going in briefing newspapers ... they're either peripheral figures or they frankly lack credibility because they should be focused on the job at hand. That's what I'm focused on."

Raab added that he is "incredibly proud" of the Foreign Office team and said that people should "judge us by our results" on the number of people they have so far evacuated from Afghanistan.

He said that it had been a "cross-Whitehall effort" with the MoD and Home Office, but "no department has performed better than the Foreign Office".

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In an interview with Sky News, the cabinet minister said that he had spoken to Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi “more intensively given the evacuation” and defended the Foreign Office’s record in Afghanistan because it has supported the evacuation of 17,000 people since April.

However, he was unable to name any time before the last few weeks in which he had spoken to ministers from either Pakistan or Afghanistan.

He told LBC: “I can’t tell you my precise call sheet for the last six months.”

But he said he was part of a “team of ministers” and delegated phone calls to colleagues, including Foreign Office minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, who had led the UK’s relationship with the Afghan government.

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The Foreign Office told the Sunday Times that Raab had spoken to Pakistani minister Qureshi on August 22 and August 27, but could not cite any earlier conversations between the two men in the last six months.

It instead said that Lord Ahmad was responsible for communicating with Pakistan and Afghanistan as the minister for South Asia.

Boris Johnson has "full confidence" in Raab, the Prime Minister's official spokesperson has said as there are no plans for any reshuffle” of the Cabinet amid widespread reports of Raab's position being under threat.