Afghanistan deploys more troops to combat Pakistan
Feb 20, Kabul: The Conflict between Afghanistan and Pakistan forces is getting worse, After the Afghan Government decided to deploy more forces to Nangarhar province, Durand borderline on Monday.
A deadly attack at a crowded shrine in southern Pakistan Sindh province, On 17 Feb, sparked the dispute between the two nations. As a suicide bomber blew himself up among a large group of devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, country’s oldest and most revered, shrine, killing over 72 people and injuring over 250 others, according to the report a local senior police official gave to a local media.
The Pakistani army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajau, blamed Afghanistan for the attack before adding that they would avenge every drop of blood that was lost that day. The Pakistani government has been blaming Afghanistan for terrorist attacks and accommodating anti-Pakistan militants, several times during the last couple years.
Hours after the attack on the shrine in the Sindh Province, Pakistan’s Government, took the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s sayings, into action and start firing heavy artillery shelling on Afghanistan’s soil from the other side of the Durand line. It is reported that hundreds of rounds of artillery mortal shells were fired on eastern Lalpur Nangarhar province of Afghanistan land, Lalpur district, Nangarhar province.
In return, the Afghan government has deployed additional forces to the eastern of Nangarhar province. This action was taken, after a military council meeting was held on Monday.
“Afghan forces have the right to respond to further aggressions and the forces are being deployed to Goshta and Lalpur districts, in a bid to prevent the shelling”, said Gulab Mangal, governor of Nangarhar province said to a local media
The provincial governor Mangal further informed that thousands of locals were forced to evacuate their homes after the heavy artillery and mortar shells firing on Lalpur district.
Meanwhile, both the IS and the Pakistani Taliban group Jamaat-ul ahraar, have taken claim for the attack.
The Oslo Times International News Network