The issue of cross-border artillery fire from Pakistan into Afghanistan was discussed. The delegation was briefed that the problem stemmed from terrorist safe-havens about which intelligence had been repeatedly shared with the Afghan authorities.
Pakistan Army DGMO Major-General Ishfaq Nadeem thanked the delegates for accepting the invitation for the meeting. Both sides agreed on continuation of such bilateral interactions that should enhance the bilateral border coordination and reduce space for detractors, added the press release. AFP adds: Afghanistan has for months accused Pakistan of staging repeated shelling barrages across the two eastern provinces of Kunar and Nuristan, killing dozens of Afghans and forcing several families to flee their homes.
An Afghan army delegation headed by Major General Afzal Aman discussed the border situation at a meeting with Pakistan’s Major General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, the statement said. “The issue of alleged cross border artillery fire by Pakistan into Afghanistan was discussed in detail,” it said. The Pakistani general told the Afghan delegation that the “problem stems from terrorist safe havens in Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan, about which intelligence has been repeatedly shared with Afghan authorities.”
“There is absolutely no possibility of indiscriminate fire by Pakistan army on Afghan forces or civilians,” he added, according to the statement.