AFGHANISTAN: The deputy house speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, Zahir Qadir voiced concerns regarding cross-border incursions by the Pakistani military, saying such violations harms the national sovereignty of Afghanistan.
Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Qadir also noted other provocative moves by the Pakistani military, including establishment of military installations inside the Afghan soil.
The remarks by Qadir comes as the Pakistani military has stepped up cross-border incursions during the recent months which comes after considerable reduction in indiscriminate shelling during the past one year.
Meanwhile, the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai slammed the United States for remaining silent regarding the cross-border incursions by Pakistan, saying Washington should jointly act against such incursions based on a bilateral security agreement signed with the Afghan government.
In a statement issued on the occasion of Nowruz, Karzai said Afghanistan witnessed cross-border incursions by the Pakistani military during the last solar year as they boldly continue to their invasions on the Afghan soil.
Karzai further added that he is raising the issue considering his duty and responsibility as an Afghan to protest against such incursions.
The Pakistani air force helicopters violated the Afghan air space by entering the Afghan soil and dropping several bombs in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan earlier this month.
The violation by the Pakistani air force followed two days after the Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged fire along the Durand Line in Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar province. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES