'Goshta residents given Pakistan ID cards'
KABUL (PAN): Some members of the Wolesi Jirga on Saturday alleged Pakistan had issued identity cards to a number of residents of the Goshta border town in eastern Nangarhar province, a claim rejected by the district chief.
Abdul Latif Pidram, a parliamentarian who visited Goshta on Thursday, informed the lower house that Pakistani forces were in control of some areas of the district. He quoted residents as saying that Pakistan paid some individuals on a monthly basis.
While echoing this view, a lawmaker from Laghman province, said: “Pakistan is trying in a variety of ways to issue identity cards to certain people, who are given all facilities, including electricity and gas.”
But the district chief, Isa Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News there was no truth to the claim regarding the distribution of Pakistani ID cards and payments to residents of Goshta.
A public representative from central Logar province, Sahib Khan, said Pakistan had erected gates in the border area several years ago. The provincial officials, who failed to inform the central government, should be prosecuted, he suggested.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi accused the neigbouring country of exporting terrorism to Afghanistan and creating problems for it. He asked the government to honour the security forces for beating back Pakistani troops and razing their installations.
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