Dangam residents vow counterattacks
ASADABAD (PAN): After waiting for the government for nearly two years to resolve the issue of periodic cross-border shelling from Pakistan, residents of Dangam district in eastern Kunar province on Monday warned to rise in arms against Pakistani forces if the incursions continued.
Hundreds of residents gathered in the town on the Pakistani border to condemn the missile attacks, criticising the Afghan government and international troops for failing to prevent the assaults.
The residents warned they would not hesitate from launching reprisal attacks on Pakistani troops in defence of their territories.
Tribal elder Haji Mohammad Alim said the government had committed a big mistake by disarming tribes under the guise of security measures. He asked the Karzai government and the international community to focus their attention on security problems in the border region.
He added: "If the government and foreign troops are unable to resolve the issue of cross border attacks, we ask them to leave our areas and let us keep the borders secure with bare hands.''
Another tribal elder Haji Muzamil asked the government to give them back their weapons collected under the deweaponisation programme. He said the tribes had the strength and courage to protect the country’s soil from outside aggression.
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