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Pakistan & rebels: Ill-equipped ABP fighting on two fronts

Pakistan & rebels: Ill-equipped ABP fighting on two fronts

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Feb 02, 2017 - 11:10

Kandahar (Pajhwok): Officials in southern Kandahar province accuse Pakistani security forces of violating the Durand Line and engaging in occasional border skirmishes.

Police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News Pakistan forces had been violating the de facto border, triggering brief exchanges of fire.

Afghan Border Police (ABP) are concerned at the continuous violations by Pakistani troops, according to the official, who cited short clashes that took place a few weeks back in Spin Boladak and Shorabak districts.

The fire exchange erupted after ABP personnel tried to stop two motorcyclists from entering Afghanistan. The infiltrators, allegedly talking to Pakistani forces over the phone, spoke about their position.

He said Afghan forces tried to stop the rebels but Pakistani forces opened fire on their Afghan counterparts to enable the intruders to escape.

He said similar incidents had happened several times on the Durand Lineinfo-icon in Registan, Maroof, Arghistan and other districts.

Durrani claimed the insurgents incessantly tried to sneak into Afghanistaninfo-icon for subversive activities with the help of Pakistani forces.

Kandahar shares a 480 kilometres border with Pakistaninfo-icon and the protection of the porous frontier requires a lot of equipment and facilities.

Afghan forces, however, conduct continued patrols in border area to stop rebels stealing into the country.

The police spokesman stressed the border guards needed air support to eliminate intrusion threats and curb insurgent movement across the Durand Line.

A tribal elder from Spin Boldak and member of the provincial council, Haji Fida, held a similar view. ABP always faced threats and pressure, he remarked.

He confirmed the Pakistani forces committed violations that decreased with the arrival of the winter, he added. 

He noted ABP’s huge responsibility of of defending the country without being equipped with heavy weapons and air support.

ABP personnel, discharge duties in far-flung areas of the province, have no medical facilities near their duty stations. They face severe problems when wounded in clashes.

He asked the central administration to provide ABP with helicopters, weapons and armored vehicles.

The only way to stop insurgents crossing the Durand-Line and Pakistani forces’ violations was strengthening and equipping of the ABP, Fida believed.

Border guards from the two countries recently clashed over the construction of installations by the Pakistanis on the Durand Line in Maroof district. As a result an Afghan soldier was killed.

Later one, the issue was discussed between Kabulinfo-icon and Islamabad and also at a trilateral meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan and NATO .

In reaction, the Ministry of Interior slammed the incursions as a flagrant breach of a tripartite agreement among Afghanistan, Pakistan and NATOinfo-icon.

Two days back, a rally was staged by dozens of Kandaharis against Pakistani attacks on districts lying close to the Durand Line.

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