Kabul officials visit Afghan-Pak skirmish scene
SHARANA (Pajhwok): A government delegation from Kabul and provincial officials on Thursday visited the Angoor Ada area, the scene of a bloody skirmish between Afghan and Pakistan forces in the Shakin border town of southeastern Paktika province.
Tuesday night’s clash erupted after Pakistani forces allegedly tried to construct a border gate in the area inside Afghanistan’s territory during night time.
The clash left an Afghan border police officer, Najibullah, dead and another two wounded, while 10 Pakistani soldiers were said to be killed.
The delegation included 203 Thunder Military Corps deputy commander Mohammad Akbar Yaldash, 402 border zone police commander Brig. Gen. Abdul Basir Khpalwak, Paktika governor Aminullah Shariq, Paktika police chief Brig. Gen. Ali Mast Momand and provincial spy service chief Maj. Gen. Niaz Mohammad Khan.
Governor Shariq told reporters that the officials from Kabul and Paktika closely assessed the situation of the area and the scene of the clash.
He said currently the situation in the area had improved and people normally performed their daily works. He said the Afghan border and security forces were in high morale and assured that the Afghan government fully supported the country’s forces and was ready for all kind of assistance.
Yaldash told Pajhwok Afghan News the delegation would present its report to the president about what it observed in the area.
Later, the delegation visited family members of the deceased border police officer, Najibullah, and expressed solidarity and condolences.
The governor said an area in the provincial capital, Sharana, would be named after Najibullah soon and his children and other family members would be provided with every essential facility and assistance in line with directives from the president.
A day earlier, residents of the Urgun district staged a protest rally chanting anti-Pakistan slogans and declared Najibullah as a national hero.
They said they stood by their forces and would protect the country’s soil at any cost. They blocked the road between Angoor Ada and the Urgun district and closed the district’s bazaar, asking the Kabul administration to react harshly to the Pakistani aggression.
The protestors also said they were ready to defend the country’s borders if the government could not do that.
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