Kabul warns of moving UN against Pakistan
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Sunday strongly denounced Pakistan's rockets attacks on eastern Kunar and Nuristan province, warning the issue would be taken to the UN Security Council if the cross-border assaults continued.
At least one person was killed and another wounded in the cross-border strikes, Afghan officials say, accusing Pakistani border guards of firing at 343 artillery shells into the two provinces over the past couple of days. Several mosques and houses were damaged.
Addressing a news conference in Kabul, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson asked the neighbouring country to halt the attacks immediately. The ministry was trying to settle the row diplomatically, Faramarz Tamana said.
Asked why the Afghan government had adopted a soft stand on the incursions, the spokesman replied: "We deal with foreign countries only at the diplomatic level." Since the issue had a security dimension, they would wait for the findings of the relevant authorities, he said.
However, he indicated Kabul might move the UN Security Council if the problem persisted.
Also on Sunday, the Ministry of Defence warned Pakistani to stop the attacks; otherwise Afghan soldiers would react. The rockets fell in Sur Kamar, Zoar Kamar, Zurbrawal, Turlakashi and Shurgul areas of Dangam district in Kunar province.
A statement from the ministry said about 300 rockets hit mosques and houses, killing some Afghans and forcing many families to flee the areas. Such a mistake could have a bad impact on bilateral ties, it added.
Pakistani should realise that Afghan soldiers, fully supported by the people, had the ability to give a befitting response to such attacks, the ministry asserted.
The Wolesi Jirga's Defence Commission also condemned Pakistan for firing artillery shells into Afghanistan and asked the UN Security Council to the unprovoked shelling. The commission chief, Shukriya Barakzai, said the attacks were against all international laws.
She demanded the UN Security Council mount pressure on Pakistan and the Afghan government must also act swiftly on the diplomatic front to prevent the assaults.
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