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Construction of new facilities on border won’t be allowed: MoD

Construction of new facilities on border won’t be allowed: MoD

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Jun 13, 2016 - 15:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hours after a cross-border fire exchange in Torkham town, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Monday it would never allow any country to construct gates or other installations in border areas.

MoD spokesman Gen. DawlatWaziri said in a statement Afghan armed forces were fully prepared to defend the territorial integrity of the country and respond to any threat at the border.

The statement quotedWaziri as saying that border security officials were in complete readiness and had taken all possible measures to halt the construction of new facilities in border area.

Earlier, a fierce fire exchange of gunfire erupted at 9pm when Afghan forces tried to stop Pakistani border guards from constructing a gate and installing a fence along the frontier.

Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash lasted two hours. However, he said gunfire in some areas continued for several hours.

One Afghan border policeman was killed and five others wounded during the clash, he said.However, the 301 border zone police official Col. Ayub Hussainkhel said that six policemen were injured in the incident.

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