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Pakistani forces resume fencing in Momandara district

Pakistani forces resume fencing in Momandara district

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Sep 22, 2020 - 17:42

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon has resumed construction of military installations on the Durand Lineinfo-icon in Momandara district of eastern Nangarhar province 18 days after an armed clash with Afghan forces.

The residents of the locality say the Pakistani forces resumed constructing new installations in Ghwargi locality where Afghan forces were stationed six months back.

They said Afghan forces during an operation against militants had reached the area where Pakistani forces were constructing fence but later the Afghan forces left the area and fresh Pakistani forces arrived for starting work on military installations.

Pajhwok Afghan News reporters visited that area and noticed that Pakistani forces were constructing installations one kilometer inside Afghan territory.

The residents of the locality said that few days back forces from the two countries clashed over construction of installations but work on the same site had resumed.

Tribal elder Malak Abdul Basir said Pakistani forces had captured areas where Afghan security forces had check-points from the era of King Zahir Shah till the government of Dr. Najibullah.

He added Pakistani forces had two check-points in the area -- one in Torkham and another in Lowargi.

A resident of Ghurok locality Rahmanullah said Afghan forces had captured the area during a military operation where Pakistani forces were now constructing military installations.

He added Afghan forces stayed in the area for some time but then left.

Malak Abdul Basir said Afghan and Pakistani forces held a meeting in Torkham and during the meeting it might have been agreed that Pakistani forces should be allowed to construct military installations.

But Attaullah Khogyani, the governor spokesperson, said border forces had been directed by the governor not to allow Pakistani forces to construct military installations on Durand Line.

He said a delegation from Selab Military Corps and the governor office had been appointed to investigate this issue.

Pajhwok tried to seek comment from Border Forces Commander Gen. Ayub Hussainkhel but failed.

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