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Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:56

Pakistan military forces have sent warnings to residents of the far eastern districts of Nangarhar province to leave their homes or risk attack, according to Nangarhar MP Faridon Mohmand.

He claimed in an interview with TOLOnews Thursday that armed forces from Pakistan have pushed several kilometers into Afghanistan and launched missiles into the Lahlpor and Gushta districts numerous times.

"The Pakistani military warned the residents of Lahlpoor district to leave their homes, and as the residents refused to do so, they started shelling. The rocket attacks started two weeks ago and have continued until now, resulting in the displacement of 5000 families who have moved to other districts. The area is now empty," Mohmand said.

Provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said that the problem has been brought to the attention of both the Afghan Interior and Defence Ministries with promises that representatives from the ministries will come soon to investigate the issue.

"I assure you that the problem of the Lahlpoor and Gushta residents will be solved," Abdulzai said.

"We support any action from the residents which is for the benefit of their area," he added.

Cross-border shelling has become one of the most critical and controversial issues for the Afghan government, prompting them to raise it with the United Nations Security Council.

The eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan have been regularly targeted by the insurgents and allegedly Pakistan's military rocket attacks for the past two years.
Hundreds of the residents of Kunar's Dangam district have been displaced over the heavy shelling.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 20:07