Tribal elders in eastern Kunar province have claimed the government of Pakistan has reneged on its commitments to support the Taliban peace process and halt cross-border military aggressions into eastern Afghanistan.
According to the elders, Pakistan has continued to back Taliban rebels in the border region and also continues rocket attacks into Afghanistan’s eastern provinces. The claims come in sharp contrast to the attention Pakistan has gotten in the international media for helping get certain Taliban leaders to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government.
“Pakistan is a coin with two faces,” Mohammad Khan, a tribal elder in Kunar, told TOLOnews on Monday. “We urge the government not to trust Pakistan anymore.”
“We are fed up with Pakistan’s rocket attacks,” another Kunar tribal elder named Malik Khan Pacha said. “We want a full stop to the cross-Durand Line incursions.”
Kunar’s Governor, Waheedullah Kalimzai, also expressed concerns about the rocket attacks, which he said have already displaced residents in the Sarkano, Nari and Dangam areas.
“Yes, rocket shelling onto Afghan soil by the Pakistani military has increased recently,” Governor Kalimzai told TOLOnews. “We are concerned that if the attacks continue, most families will be displaced.”
According to local accounts, some 150 rockets have been fired across the border by the Pakistani military over the past week, resulting in major property damage and even some civilian casualties.