Heavy artillery moved towards Pak-Afghan border, security sources say

Published: February 20, 2017
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Photo shows military shelling on terror hideouts inside Afghanistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Photo shows military shelling on terror hideouts inside Afghanistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army has moved heavy artillery towards the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman and Torkham districts, security officials said on Monday.

The move came just two days after the military decimated camps of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) Jamaatul Ahrar (JA) faction on the Torkham border opposite Mohmand and Khyber tribal regions. The group, which claims to be behind the recent wave of terrorist attacks, has found safe haven in Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani security establishment.

Security sources said their forces have resolved to restrict illegal border movement and any attempt to breach border security will be responded to with full force. Security forces have stepped up patrolling in the areas along the Afghan border, while security has been put on high alert in North and South Waziristan agencies.

Army decimates four Jamaatul Ahrar camps

The stringent border checks were implemented after a week of deadly attacks by terrorists left dozens of people dead and injured in different cities of Pakistan, prompting a pledge of ‘revenge — immediate revenge’ from Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Security forces have also indefinitely closed the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • amit
    Feb 20, 2017 - 1:28PM

    dont push them too much or else india will too activate the border.Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 20, 2017 - 1:29PM

    Times up for Indian assets.Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 20, 2017 - 1:47PM

    Good job ! In tandem send Afghan refugees back double time from Wagah if Torkham is sealed now.Recommend

  • k k Khan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 1:54PM

    some artillery should be moved towards eastern border aswell if we want to bring peace to the region once and for all!Recommend

  • Abdul
    Feb 20, 2017 - 2:13PM

    Are we really countering TTP & Jamat ul Ahrar or Taliban to support US in Afghanistan???Recommend

  • LOL
    Feb 20, 2017 - 2:49PM

    meanwhile, Indians are embarrased their straving army was not able to release even a single picture of ‘surgical strike’, as it only happened in modi’s dreamRecommend

  • Nomi
    Feb 20, 2017 - 3:05PM

    Keep the border close for ever. No food supplies, no fuel no nothing, Place a complete blockade on Afghan till they eliminate the last terrorist. and yes last but not the least , dispatch refugees in droves, no more extensions to namak harams.Recommend

  • Soldier
    Feb 20, 2017 - 3:35PM

    @ amit please do so. We should end the mess on Eastern border as well. But right now it instead of making Pakistani border active, focus on already active Kashmir and Assam and Khalistan and the list goes on lolRecommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Feb 20, 2017 - 4:50PM

    @Soldier:
    Agreed, we need to give starving Indian soldiers and their flatfoots the run around all over their country like was done in the 1990s and early 2000s. If the US reacts so be it.Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Feb 20, 2017 - 6:27PM

    @amit: First of all Amit, what does India has to do with this??? Secondly, are you sort of admitting that the TTP and JuD elements are indeed being bred and raised by India????Recommend

  • Xenia
    Feb 20, 2017 - 6:34PM

    @amit:
    Let’s Try this… you hope the meanings of miniaturised….Recommend

  • Sajjad
    Feb 20, 2017 - 6:49PM

    Each time there is a terrorist attack in Pakistan, an American wish for region is granted. Still wondering who are the beneficiaries of these terrorists attacks who is complicit in fulfilling US wishes in the region..

    Now Pakistan will do the dirty work for US in the region. Cheaper, safer and sustainable occupation.Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 20, 2017 - 6:57PM

    @salman Verify Indian assets,it will come out to be from your country. Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 20, 2017 - 7:01PM

    @kk khan bring peace inside Karachi first, and then other parts of Pakistan, such as North Wazirstan, FATA.Recommend

  • Hassaan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 7:35PM

    I think sanity should prevail; we are doing exactly what one strong country does to other.Recommend

  • Sad but true
    Feb 20, 2017 - 10:07PM

    More innocent women and children must have died with these bombings.Recommend

  • Billa
    Feb 20, 2017 - 10:09PM

    Let’s do it, the grand operation against the terrorists although it will not go down well with our eastern neighbours.Recommend

  • Xman
    Feb 20, 2017 - 10:14PM

    Now this is what a real surgical strike looks like.Recommend

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