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145 rockets hit Kunar; Pakistan still to shun shelling into Afghanistan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: In the latest shelling, Pakistani troops have fired at least 145 missiles in the two district of eastern Kunar province, local official said on Tuesday. These missiles landed in Sarkano and Khas districts of the province, no reports of human casualties yet.

“So far there have been no reports of casualties,” Provincial Police Chief, Juma Gul told TOLONews. “The shelling has caused some structural damages.”

According to reports, Pakistani military have fired more than 500 rockets on Afghanistan’s border regions over the past two weeks. In addition to that, the shelling also left more than 500 families homeless, especially in eastern Nangarhar province.

After series of attacks, the government of Pakistan not only closed crossings but also kicked off rocking firings into Afghanistan. The closure has caused huge problems as hundreds of Afghans have been trapped there. However, Pakistani government opened Torkham crossing for two days to help those Afghan passengers travelled to Pakistan to return home. “This is for those passengers who are holding Pakistan visas,” Omar Zakhilwal said in a statement, asking passengers to be prepared for crossings during these two days.

However, he said that two sides had not reached an agreement over the permanent reopen of Torkham and Spin Boldak crossings. At the same time, Zakhilwal said that the private Safi airliner had expressed readiness to launch special flights to Peshawar and Quetta if the borders were not reopened. “These special flights are not needed now, but should be staying ready.”

Moreover to oppose Pakistan’s barbaric act, the Afghan masses across the country took out to the streets to protest artillery shelling, and where chanting anti-Pakistani slogans.

In the recent protest, hundreds of residents of Asad-Abad, the capital city of Kunar province gave vent to their anger against shelling, which so far killed two people. The anger protestors were chanting several anti-Pakistan slogans including “death to Pakistan.” They termed shelling on civilians a cowardly act by the Pakistani army and demanded an immediate halt to it.

In another protest, hundreds of Kabul residents including politicians and civil society came hard against Pakistan for its continuing support to the militancy, and the recent shelling on resident areas in eastern provinces of the country.

While chanting slogans against Pakistan, the demonstrators called on the International Community not to turn blind eye over criminal activities of the Pakistani government for carrying out cruel terrorist attacks and rocket shelling into Afghanistan. They also called on International Community to include Pakistan’s name in the United Nation black list for its supporting of terrorism in the region and the world. “Pakistan has to be triggered to the court for its crimes against humanity and the UN has to listen to our voices,” the protesters were chanting.

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