Local officials in the eastern province of Kunar said on Sunday that cross-border shelling by Pakistani military over the past two weeks have left four Afghan civilians dead, including one woman and three children.
Provincial governor Wahidullah Kalimzai asked the Afghan central government to stop what he described an act of aggression in Afghanistan’s border regions by the Pakistani military forces.
In response to Pakistan’s continued border shelling, the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced the provocations by the Pakistani army as unacceptable and warned Islamabad of severe consequences.
“If these attacks continue, the armed forces and the people of Afghanistan will lose patience and this would not be in the interest of Pakistan,” said a defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri.
“At least four civilians including a woman and three children have been killed over the past two weeks because of the missile shelling by Pakistani military forces,” said provincial spokesman Wahidullah Kalimzai.
Reports from eastern provinces of Kunar and Nanagarhar indicate that over the past three days several civilians have been killed and dozens others wounded after the Pakistani government launched deliberate attacks on the border provinces.
Nazian, Laalpur, Goshta, Khas and Sarkano districts are among those areas which have been under massive Pakistani shelling.
The Afghan government previously announced that it is taking all necessary steps in the diplomatic sphere to stop the Pakistani shelling. But these efforts so far have not yielded the desired outcome.
Although the ministry of foreign affairs is not prepared to comment on the issue, experts say that the only solution to the ongoing tensions on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is to resolve the matter through diplomatic channels.
“This approach by the Pakistani military is against diplomatic principles and this does not fit the actions of a good neighbor. You are aware that our border forces are deployed at border points, but those soldiers are not willing to take action which is against the international principle,” said Mohammad Ayoub Hussainkhail, commander of Afghan border forces in east.
There are reports that the Pakistani military forces over the past two weeks have fired more than 500 rockets on Afghanistan’s border regions. The attacks have left more than 500 families homeless.