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Pakistani forces enter 4km inside Helmand: Qahraman

Pakistani forces enter 4km inside Helmand: Qahraman

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Feb 14, 2016 - 19:48

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Local officials on Sunday claimed Pakistani forces had entered “four kilometers inside the Afghanistaninfo-icon territory” from the border in Deshu district of southern Helmand province.

The Deshu district, which shares borders with Pakistaninfo-icon, has been under under the control of Talibaninfo-icon over the past 10 years.

Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, President Ashraf Ghani’s special representative for security of Helmand, told a press conference here that around 400 Pakistani forces had entered four kilometers inside the Afghanistan territory.

“These Pakistani forces have been deployed in Halim Kariz area of the district for the past few days,” he said, adding the issue had been shared with the government to resolve it with Pakistan.

The Pakistani forces would face serious reaction from Afghan forces and people if they did not voluntarily withdraw from the area, he said.

He said local Taliban had promised they would support Afghan forces in expelling the Pakistani forces from the Afghan territory.

However, the Taliban have so far said nothing about the issue.

Deputy provincial council head Abdul Majeed Akhunzada said Pakistani forces in the past too had been involved in disrupting security in Afghanistan.

Akhunzada asked the government to prevent Pakistani forces from entering the Afghanistan soil.

Governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, said a delegation had been sent to the district for assessing the issue, which he said would be decided upon once the delegation completed its investigation.

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