Kabul urged to stop Pakistani construction near border
SHARAN (Pajhwok): The governor of southeastern Paktika province on Monday urged the central government to help stop the construction of Pakistani installations near the Angoor Adda, a restive town near the Durand Line.
Aminullah Shariq expressed these views in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, saying high-ups had been informed about Pakistani troops’ construction in Angoor Adda over the past two months.
The construction also caused the killing of seven Pakistani soldiers and an Afghan border policeman when the issue led to an armed clash between the two sides.
“We have conveyed our reservations with regard to Pakistani construction to the central government in Kabul to take action,” Shareq said.
Afghan forces were capable of providing security, enjoying complete support from the local communities, he said, adding his top priority was curbing corruption, improving health facilities and education and reducing the gap between local communities and government.
Shariq, who took over as governor about one and a half month ago, said the people had great trust in security forces to maintain security in the area. “I will never allow any official to neglect his/her responsibility and I have assigned a specific time period to complete tasks and then submit a report,” he added.
He urged local communities to extend support for controlling administrative corruption in the province. Foreign aid, he said, had declined in the recent past, yet he was employing all resources to keep up the pace of reconstruction projects.
The governor promised continued efforts for improvement in the education sector and support for better relations among the tribes. He asked the departments concerned for consensus on developing the province.
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