SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
Afghanistan officially presented its concerns regarding rocket attacks from Pakistan into Afghanistan to world leaders gathered at the United Nations (UN) summit in New York City on Saturday.
Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Zarar Ahmad Moqbel Osmani denounced the attacks, which Pakistan has long denied or claimed were part of counterinsurgency efforts, and called on the UN to stop them from continuing.
The rockets have been fired by the Pakistani military, and primarily into areas of Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan provinces in eastern Afghanistan intermittently for about the past three years. Relations between Kabul and Islamabad have suffered for it, and this is not the first time Afghan officials have called attention to the matter.
“We have raised our concerns regarding the rocket attacks of Pakistan and the continuation of these attacks is not acceptable to us,” Minister Moqbel Osmani said.
Since the start of this year, the Pakistani military has fired some 2,314 rockets on parts of Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan province, resulting in the deaths of 16 civilians, including women and children, and wounding 83 others. The attacks have resulted in close to 2,000 people losing their homes and being displaced.
Minister Moqbel also spoke about counter-terrorism, and the need for further international cooperation in battling threats in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
“Over a decade ago, a number of countries joined our fight to bring peace to the people of Afghanistan, and fought against the extremist and terrorist groups,” he said. “We have together achieved tangible results, but unfortunately, terrorism and drugs still threaten security, social and economic development and peace, not only in Afghanistan, but in the region as well.”