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Pakistani forces stray into Gomal district of Paktika

Pakistani forces stray into Gomal district of Paktika

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Nov 08, 2019 - 11:57

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon’s paramilitary forces have captured parts of the Gomal district of southeastern Paktika province, residents alleged on Friday.

The Pakistan militiamen, who have strayed into the district, are installing barbed wire along the border, they claimed at a gathering here.

At the meeting, also attended by the security personnel, one tribal elder said the militiamen were stringing concertina wire in the Raidan area of the district.

Malak Afzal Khan, a leader of the Kakarzai tribe, said: “The Pakistani forces have strayed into our territory, seizing our pine nut mountains.”

A chromite mine in the area was also being controlled by the Pakistani troops, who were also putting up the razor wire on Afghanistaninfo-icon’s soil, he revealed.

Another tribal elder, named Kharotai, also accused the Pakistani forces of straying into Gomal district.  “The mountain where we would collect pine nuts is now under Pakistani militia’s control.”

The Pakistanis had warned area people against impeding the process of installing the barbed wire.

“They told us not to create problems for them. They also offered us Pakistani identity cards, but we rejected the offer,” Kharotai said.

Other residents of Gomal also corroborated the claims, urging the government to push back the Pakistani militiamen.

Gen. Raham Dil Haiderzai, commander of the 203rd Thunder Military Corps, assured the gathering they would thoroughly track the issue.

Mohammad Zarif Zazai, border police commander, promised action in accordance with international principles.

“We will take the necessary steps and share the results with you,” he promised.

Another security official, who did not want to be named, confirmed the Pakistani border guards had encroached on 28-45 metres of Afghan territory.

 

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