A senior military general has called on Pakistan to remove its installations on Afghan soil along the Durand Line – the de facto border between the two countries.
“They (Pakistani forces) have advanced (towards Afghan territory) and I order them to go back,” said Gen. Murad Ali Murad, the senior deputy minister of interior for security.
Murad visited the Spinghar 303 Police Zone in Paktia province where he assessed the security situation in the southeastern provinces.
At the meeting with Murad, Paktia officials put their demands to the Ministry of Interior.
The Commander of the Spinghar 303 Police Zone, Asadullah Shirzai, urged the interior ministry to strengthen and increase the number of border check posts to address security threats.
“Our border check posts are not strong enough and we want these check posts to be strengthened,” said Shirzai.
Paktia governor Shamim Katawazai said the number of police force members in the province is not enough.
He called on the interior ministry to increase the numbers and equip them with heavy weapons.
“There were some problems which are resolved now. The issue of heavy weapons is also under discussion,” Katawazai said.
“Local police should be deployed to districts with no local police. Also, technical assistance and heavy weapons should be provided (to them),” said Paktia Police Chief Toryalai Abdiani.
Murad promised the security officials that the Interior Ministry would build more check posts and would provide more heavy and light weapons to the police force members to address the security threats properly.