Afghanistan has expressed grave concern at what it called “Pakistani military’s unilateral construction and physical reinforcement activities” along the border in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.
“Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Jawed Ludin spoke with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, this afternoon,” the Afghan foreign ministry said in a statement.
“Ludin told Ambassador Sadiq that these activities are against all accepted international norms, provocative and unacceptable to the Afghan government, and that the government of Pakistan must halt them immediately,” the statement said.
The Afghan foreign ministry quoted the Afghan border police reports as saying that “these unilateral activities began a while ago along the Durand Line near the villages of Hatam Kalai and Kodzarai in Goshta district”.
Ludin also expressed the Afghan government’s grave concern over the alleged Pakistani rocket and artillery fires in different areas of Kunar province, and said the continuation of such attacks could negatively affect relations between the two countries.
“Ambassador Sadiq promised to convey the Afghan government’s concerns to relevant authorities in Pakistan,” it added. This comes amidst mounting tensions between the two neighbours fueled by mutual trust deficit.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 2nd, 2013.
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