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Pakistani forces enter ‘several kilometers’ inside Paktia

Pakistani forces enter ‘several kilometers’ inside Paktia

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Mar 17, 2016 - 20:14

GARDIZ (Pajhwok): Pakistani forces have entered “several kilometers” inside two districts of southeastern Paktia province from the Durand Lineinfo-icon, residents claimed on Thursday.

Mohammad Anwar, a resident of Zazi Aryub district, told Pajhwok Afghan News Pakistani forces had entered many kilometers inside Afghanistaninfo-icon in Spini Shagi area and had built military installations there.

He said he had several times shared the issue with government officials, but there had been no response.

Another tribal elder from Spini Shagi area, Zarif Khan, said: “During the Mujhideen era, the house of Gulbuddin Hikmatyar was located five kilometers from the area where Pakistani forces have currently constructed military facilities. The Durand Line is located beyond Hikmatyar’s house.”

He said Pakistani militia forces also sometimes entered their area and cut down forests.

Mirajan, a tribal elder from Dand-i-Patan district, said a large number of Pakistani forces had entered from across the border into Afghanistan territory and had built military facilities.

“The Afghan forces and Talibaninfo-icon militants have been engaged in clashes in our district and the Pakistani forces using the opportunity have adanced into Afghanistan,” he said, asking the government to prevent Pakistani forces advance into Afghan land.

Deputy Paktia governor Abdul Wali Sahi confirmed Pakistani forces had entered some border areas of Afghanistan.

He said he recently visited the areas and discussed the issue with Pakistani officials who promised to resolve it.

“The border issue can be resolved through negotiations of tribal elders from both sides of the border because they have good communication with each other,” he said.

Dand-i-Patan and Zazi Aryub districts share tens of kilometers of border with Pakistaninfo-icon.

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