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Afghan forces put on alert in Kunar

Afghan forces put on alert in Kunar

Oct 02, 2011 - 15:00

ASADABAD (PANinfo-icon): Afghan forces have been put on high alert in eastern Kunar province to thwart the possible creation of security checkpoints by Pakistaninfo-icon forces along the border, officials said on Sunday.

Addressing to an emergency meeting on the security situation, Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi alleged Pakistan recently deployed its soldiers along the Durand Lineinfo-icon and set up several checkpoints.

Afghan soldiers had been put on alert in compliance with an order from the Ministry of Defence in Kabulinfo-icon, the governor said, adding the army -- when ordered -- would fight against aggressors.

Pakistani forces did attack Afghan territory, but they could not establish checkpoints on this side of the frontier in Kunar, bordering the Bajaur tribal region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, he explained.

A day earlier, Defence Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak told Parliament that Afghan forces were ready to react to rocket attacks from Pakistan; they were only awaiting orders from higher-ups.

"If ordered, we will use all our available sources," he said. In response to protests over the rocket strikes, Pakistani officials had come up with strong denials, he added.




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