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Four Civilians Killed In Cross-Line Shelling By Pakistani Forces

At least four civilians were killed and fives others were wounded after Pakistan troops started shelling on the Afghan side of the Durand Line on Wednesday night, local officials said on Thursday. 

The shelling started at 9 pm local time and the Pakistani troops targeted Sarkot, Pakha Mela and Afghan Dubai villages in Spera district in the province, a spokesman for provincial governor, Adil Haidar, confirmed.

Meanwhile, a security delegation, including deputy security chief of the Interior Ministry, visited Khost province on Thursday to “review the situation”, officials said.

The attack come hours after Pakistan forces claimed that at least three Pakistani soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded when a group of militants from the Afghan side of the Durand Line attacked Pakistani troops in Alwara, North Waziristan.

“While Pakistan security forces are solidifying border security through fencing and construction of forts to deny liberty of action to the terrorists, Afghan Security Forces and the authorities need to have more effective control in [the] border region to support Pakistan’s efforts as well as deny use of Afghan soil against Pakistan,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement published by Pakistani news agencies.

The Pakistani military’s media wing added that Pakistan’s fencing efforts will continue despite “all such impediments”.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Charge d’ Affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad where he was informed about Pakistan’s concerns about repeated cross-Durand Line attacks from Afghanistan’s soil.

The Afghan diplomat was informed that Pakistan strongly protests such provocations which are detrimental to peace and stability along Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The Afghan side was urged to take immediate action against the elements on their side and ensure effective measures so that such incidents are not repeated in future.

 

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Three Pakistani Soldiers Killed Cross-Durand Line Attack

At least three Pakistani soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded when a group of militants from the Afghan side of the Durand Line attacked Pakistani troops in Alwara, North Waziristan, news agencies reported.

“While Pakistan security forces are solidifying border security through fencing and construction of forts to deny liberty of action to the terrorists, Afghan Security Forces and the authorities need to have more effective control in [the] border region to support Pakistan’s efforts as well as deny use of Afghan soil against Pakistan,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement published by Pakistani news agencies.

The Pakistani military’s media wing added that Pakistan’s fencing efforts will continue despite “all such impediments”.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Charge d’ Affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad where he was informed about Pakistan’s concerns about repeated cross-Durand Line attacks from Afghanistan’s soil.

The Afghan diplomat was informed that Pakistan strongly protests such provocations which are detrimental to peace and stability along Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The Afghan side was urged to take immediate action against the elements on their side and ensure effective measures so that such incidents are not repeated in future.

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Pakistani Media Supports Terrorism On Behest Of Military: PTM

Only a few hours after the Pakistani army warned the leadership of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) against playing in the hands of the enemy, the PTM chief Manzoor Pashteen expressed his outrage at the Pakistani media, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”.

On Monday, the Pakistani army warned that it will no longer tolerate the way the PTM is protesting.

Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman to the Pakistani armed forces, accused PTM members of taking money from other countries.

“Those who are playing in others hands, their time is up. Their time is up,” said Ghafoor, adding that possible action against the PTM would not harm anyone.

“On the PTM website, they have got a number that states the amount of funds they have collected from Pashtuns around the world. But tell us how much money did you get from the NDS (Afghan National Directorate of Security) to run your campaign? How much money did RAW (India’s Research and Analysis Wing) give you for the first dharna in Islamabad?,” Dawn News quoted Asif Ghafoor as saying on Monday.

But, PTM members argue that the movement is protesting terrorism and wants justice for Pashtuns in Pakistan.

Mohsin Dawar, a PTM leader and the incumbent member of the Pakistani parliament, rejected the allegations levelled against the PTM and said his party was ready for accountability before the parliament only.

Dawar said that PTM was being targeted for making the Pakistan army accountable on the issues of “missing persons in tribal areas, extrajudicial killings and targeted killings”.

He said army spokesman had levelled the same old allegations of a traitor and receiving foreign funding against the PTM which were used against those who had questioned the role of the security forces in the past.

“Similar allegations were levelled against Bacha Khan and Wali Khan,” he added.

“We welcome a full investigation into our finances. Also, hope that DG ISPR will support a truth and reconciliation commission that finds evidence on his empathy for missing persons. We wd also b very thankful if he gives the list of terrorists killed and captured in operations too,” a PTM leader Mohsin Dawar said in a tweet in response to Ghafoor’s statement.

PTM leaders have vowed to continue their civil protests until their demands are made by the Pakistani government.

“No amount of provocation will deter us from our peaceful protest. Our recent Miranshah jalsa was an example of its success. Not only did it strengthen our resolve it has also delivered a message. Would just like to remind that our time is not up, it has just started,” Dawar said.

According to PTM members, almost 30,000 people from the two provinces – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan – have gone missing over the past 10 years and Pakistan’s army and ISI, the Pakistani intelligence agency, appear to be behind the disappearances.

Many of Pakistan’s 30 million ethnic Pashtun’s hail originally from the borderlands with Afghanistan, where the Pakistani Taliban controlled swathes of territory until they were pushed out by military operations in 2009 and 2014.

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Pashtun Tribes Demand Freely Passing the Durand Line

January 21, 2019

Kabul- The Pashtun Tribes living on both sides of the so-called Durand Line (in Afghanistan and Pakistan) demand a freely passing the crossing-points.

In a public gathering at Torkham crossing-point township on Sunday, the tribal elders and youth called on the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan to unconditionally allow them to pass the line without passports and only with the national identity cards and Tazkeras.

They warned to close the Pakhtunkhwa highway, connecting Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, if their demand was not met by Kabul and Islamabad.

Any Afghan government and the Afghan Millat on both sides of the Line had never ever accepted the imaginary line, imposed by the British Raj over Indian subcontinent as permanent border with Pakistan.

According to experts of regional affairs and terrorism, revisiting of the Durand Line is must to correct the historical mistakes with Afghanistan and to end Pakistan’s terror game in the region.

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Tribesmen ask Pakistan to vacate property in Torkham

October 30, 2018

Peshawar- A protest rally organized by the tribesmen of Khuga Khel tribes, demanded National Logistic Cell (NLC) to vacate their property in Torkham, usurped by the organization, and leave Torkham in the best interest of the tribal.

The protest rally was organized under the banner of Youth organization of Khuga Khel tribe on Sunday at Bacha Khan Square, Landi Kotal bazaar and was attended by a large number of tribal youth, local political workers and general masses.

Addressing to the gathering speakers including President clearing agent association Torkham, Haji Zarqeeb Shinwari, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Abdurrazeq, Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz (PML-N) leader Israr Shinwari, Jamiat Ullem-e-Islam- Fazal (JUI-F) Khyber naib ameer Qari Nazeem Gul, Mirajuddin Shinwari and others said that for the last four years NLC had been adopted policies to make jobless poor segments of the society and to get hold of all trading activities in Torkham.

“NLC which is a private organization and has been assigned the duty to provide facilitation at Torkham crossing-point, but ironically it has assumed powers of custom, security agencies and administration by checking visa, passport and luggage of passengers crossing on either side of the crossing-point”, they argued.

The speakers blamed that hundreds of local labors and traders who had used to cross the crossing point to Afghanistan without travelling document, were left unemployed by imposing condition of passport and visa obligatory for them by NLC to go to Afghan side, although the Afghan officials granted exemption to them that was matter of concern.

They asked the Pakistani government to address their grievances and assist them to get rid- off of injustice of NLC. The protesters while holding banner inscribed with slogans against NLC and black flags, marched till Landi Kotal press club and dispersed peacefully.

But the Pakistani authorities were failed to address the grievances of the tribesmen which resulted in violent protest held today at crossing point. The protesters chanted slogans against the Pakistan and NLC for their anti-Pashtun policies and declared their denial to the policies of Pakistan when it comes to further division among the Pashtun tribes, living on both sides of the Durand Line.

Later on, negotiations were held between the protesters and government authorities, comprising political administration and Frontier Corps which resulted in postponement of protest for about 10 days on the condition to settle the issue of usurped land by NLC and removal of visa conditions for traders .

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Crossing-point at Spin Boldak closed after tension over its fencing

Quetta, Baluchistan- A key crossing-point between Afghanistan and Afghanistan remained closed on Monday, as the security forces of the two countries exchanged fire after tension over Pakistani forces fencing the Durand line.

According to Dawn news, the crossing-point, painted as, “Friendship Gate” near Chaman in Baluchistan province in south-west was closed on Sunday after troops of the two sides exchanged fire about 60 km north of the Chaman with the clash lasting several hours.

However, it was briefly opened on Sunday evening to let stranded people cross over.

Commenting on the issue, Kandahar police spokesman, Zia Durani, told media men that Pakistani forces made failed attempts this afternoon to fence a part of the Durand Line in Shorabak district of Kandahar, but Afghan border forces did not allow their evil move, a move that caused a wave of anger in Pakistan.

He said Pakistani forces, in reaction opened fire on the Afghan forces; however, there is zero casualty on the Afghan side.

A day earlier, Kandahar police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, said they had stopped Pakistani forces from fencing the Durand Line, an imaginary line that has never been accepted by the government of Afghanistan and the entire Afghan nation, on both sides of the Line.

Afghans on both sides of the line have been urging the US and European countries to correct their historic mistakes with Afghanistan by revisiting the Durand Line to end Pakistan’s terror game.

 

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CROSSING POINT AT CHAMAN TO REMAIN CLOSE FOR TWO DAYS

Kabul- The crossing point at Taftan and Chaman between Pakistan and Afghanistan will remain closed for two days to ensure security during 9 and 10 Muharram, a local Pakistani media outlet reported.

Security has been tightened around the country to ensure the security of Muharram processions. Sources said the transit points will be reopened on Saturday.

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