ANA poised to counter Pakistani raids: Gen. Waziri (Video)
JALALABAD (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) is ready to respond to cross-border attacks from Pakistan if the central government authorised it, a military commander in the eastern zone said on Saturday.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the 201st Selab Military Corps commander warned they would explore other options if negotiations on the issue failed to yield the desired results.
At least 60 Afghan civilians have been killed and hundreds of families displaced as a result of the Pakistani shelling of border areas in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces over the past 11 months.
Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zaman said they were awaiting directives from Kabul on how to deal with the problem. “If ordered by higher-ups, my soldiers are capable of not only foiling the incursions, but also beating back the aggressors.”
They were able to resolve the border spat militarily if diplomatic efforts proved sterile, asserted the general, who claimed the ANA was in a position to conduct independent operations. He reiterated the Afghan army no longer needed operational support from NATO-led troops.
In response to the query why some criminals were freed before being tried, the commander acknowledged: “We are witness to this…outlaws are released without being punished.”
Under the law, he explained, military detectives were allowed to keep detainees in custody for 72 hours before handing them over to other institutions. The army was not responsible for the suspects’ release by other state organs, he explained.
Gen. Waziri said the insurgents, who had lost the ability of face-to-face combat with the soldiers, were stepping up roadside bombings that harmed civilians. The tactics were reflective of Taliban’s weakening, he added.
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