Afghanistan: Kunar province faces Pakistan’s missile onslaught, more than 500 rockets fired in 6 months

Afghanistan’s Kunar provincial officials said Pakistan has fired more than 5,000 rockets into the province in eastern part of the country in the past six months, forcing hundreds of families to flee.

Officials said many homes have been destroyed in the ongoing attack along the Durand Line – the disputed border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

TOLOnews quoted Kunar Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai saying that Afghan forces have been directed to respond in a similar way to the Pakistani shelling.

“Afghanistan has shared this issue with Pakistan through diplomatic channels, but we have been ordered to take similar action,” he said.

“Recently, we have taken the same action after they (Pakistani military) shelled rockets (on Afghanistan’s soil) and we have targeted those parts which have targeted Afghanistan.”

The Kunar Police Chief Lieutenant General Juma Gul Himmat said the rocket shelling had displaced more than 300 families.

“Dangam, Nalai, Sarkano, Mrawara, Shultan, Khas Kunar are the districts which have witnessed more than 5,000 rockets from Pakistan during the current solar year. The rocket shelling has resulted in civilian casualties, and there are displaced families – more than 300,” he said.

The displaced families have appealed to aid organizations to help them, and they have also called on the government to find a way to end this onslaught.

Afghan Defense Ministry said last week that it had ordered the Border Force to respond to Pakistani military aggression in the same way.

“We have ordered all the border forces to respond if anyone fires on them,” Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

Pakistan military started shelling eastern parts of Afghanistan six years ago.

Pakistan military claims that they target Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan safe havens in parts of Kunar province.

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