Civil society activists and residents of eastern parts of the country protested the cross-Durand Line incursions by Pakistan in a peaceful rally in Jalalabad city on Thursday.
The activists claimed that Pakistan supports terrorist organizations and violates the territory of Afghanistan.
“Government is silent against it (the rocket shelling by Pakistan), but people will not remain silent against it,” said Sefat Zwak, a civil society activist in Nangarhar. “They (Pakistan) shells rockets into Kunar (province of Afghanistan), it (Pakistan) nurtures terrorist groups and then sends them to Afghanistan.”
“Pakistan has fired many rockets on Nazian and Lalpoori districts (in Nangarhar). We have asked government to address the issue but the government is silent. The people have the ability to ask if government remains silent towards this issue,” said Abasin, a civil society activist from Kunar.
The activists meanwhile called on government and the international community to address the challenging issues in areas along the Durand Line.
“Durand is a challenging line; therefore, this issue must be addressed by the Kabul government and the international community,” said Amin Yusufzai, a civil society activist.
Nangarhar officials meanwhile confirmed that Pakistani military has shelled some rockets on eastern parts of the country.
“Mortars and rockets are shelled from other side of the Durand Line. At least 37 rockets were shelled (from other side of the Durand Line) in a day, while the other day, 24 rockets were shelled in which two local residents were martyred,” Nangarhar Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said.
Official information shows that at least 1,500 rockets were shelled on Kunar province of Afghanistan from Pakistan during the past one month.
However, Pakistani officials have claimed that they target terrorist groups by shelling the rockets.