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Afghanistan to call on UN to help stop 'rocket attacks'

Sartaj reiterates Pakistan’s policy of non-interference

KABUL – The Afghan government is expected to submit a number of recommendations to the United Nations to seek international support in efforts to halt 'cross-border attacks,' according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The recommendations will be made on the sidelines of the UN's General Assembly meeting scheduled to take place in three weeks. According to the ministry, the Afghan government will ask the UN to put pressure on Pakistan to stop what they alleged ‘rocket and artillery fire’ into Afghanistan.


Although Pakistan maintains the assaults are part of their efforts to diminish the strength of mutually threatening insurgents along the porous border. "By pursuing attacks on Kunar districts, Pakistan follows three objectives: firstly, it wants residents in these areas to evacuate their native areas, secondly, to stop the reconstruction process, and thirdly, to put pressure on the Afghan government to recognise the Durand Line as the border,” said Jawed Kohistani, the military analyst.


Foreign Affairs and National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz already reiterated Pakistan’s Afghan policy, saying a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s vital interest. "Pakistan has a policy of non-interference," he said, and stressed the importance of deeper engagement of the UN and the world community in the reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan.


In Kunar, local officials have said that more than 5,000 rockets have been fired on the province from across the border over the past four years. "Afghanistan has several times called on Pakistan to stop its military attacks on the eastern parts, but Pakistan has never respected our demands," said Ahmad Shekib Mustaghna, spokesman for the ministry.


 


 

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