Spanta visits restive border towns
JALALABAD (PAN): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Hamid Karzai’s Advisor on National Security Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Saturday visited Goshta district in eastern Nangarhar province and the Sarkano town in neighbouring Kunar.
Spanta, accompanied by representatives of interior and defence ministries, held talks with tribal elders in the Konsari area of Goshta, where an Afghan border policeman was killed during a clash with Pakistani forces earlier this month.
The Nangarhar governor's spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, said Spanta handed appreciation letters to security officials in Goshta in the presence of Governor Gul Agha Sherzai.
Spanta said tribal elders living on this side of the Durand Line had always played a key role in protecting the country's borders and its sovereignty. President Karzai and other high-ups in Kabul were grateful to them, he added.
The advisor also met border police commanders in the east. The fourth border police battalion commander, Abdul Basir, urged the visiting delegation to provide the force with heavy weaponry.
Basir said though police had heavy weapons, yet they needed more for the sake of better defence -- a demand endorsed by the delegation, according to the gubernatorial spokesman.
Before leaving for Sarkano district, Spanta said he would share with the central government all demands presented to him by security officials in Goshta, a border town where Pakistani and Afghan forces clashed twice in less than a week earlier this month.
In Kunar, the delegation met with tribal elders, security commanders and government officials. They listened to the provincial authorities’ demands and problems.
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