Pakistan has seized 43km Afghan soil: Nangarhar official
Sun Jul 15, 11:56 am
Pakistani forces from 2001 until now have captured about 43 kilometers of Afghan territory in Nangarhar, a provincial official claimed on Saturday.
Sharing the issue with the tribal elders, the director of tribal and border affairs Baryalai Gardiwal said Pakistani troops were still trying to occupy additional parts of Afghan soil.
Gardiwal said Pakistan is trying to dominate Kunar and Kabul Rivers by firing missiles onto Kunar and by occupying Afghan territory.
During the gathering to discuss the issue, the tribal elders confirmed the statements of Gardiwal, saying Pakistan was distributing national ID cards among the people of the occupied area to claim that the area belongs to Pakistan.
The elders accused the government of neglect and called for immediate measures to resolve the issue.
The deputy governor of Nangarhar, Muhammad Hanif Gardiwal, expressed ignorance about the territory being occupied by Pakistan.
Earlier, residents of Kunar province also had claimed that Pakistani soldiers had seized five kilometers of Afghan area.
Missile attacks entering Afghanistan from Pakistan on the border areas of Afghanistan have continued relentlessly.
The local officials of eastern Kunar province blame the missile fires on Pakistani troops but recently President Karzai told reporters that the perpetrators of the missile fires from Pakistan were not yet known.
A few weeks ago, the Afghan foreign ministry warned that it would raise the issue in the United Nations Security Council if the missile fires were proven to be from Pakistan’s Army.