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Pakistani helicopters supplying arms to Taliban in Paktia: Official

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Being backed by Pakistan’s paramilitary troops, more than 500 Taliban started attacking Afghan security forces installations in Dand-e-Pathan district of Paktia province, last week, said a security official.

Abdul Basir Khpalwak, a border police commander in Paktia province, said that military of Pakistan has even been supplying weapons to the militants through helicopters.

He said that Afghan security forces have inflected heavy casualties on militants. “The war is still ongoing and the militants are trying to capture a number of checkpoints in the district,” Radio Azadi quoted Khpalwak as saying.

He added that this is not the war of the Taliban militants, but it is rather the war of Pakistan, because the country’s paramilitary troops and army soldiers are directly involved. “Pakistan is directly involved and it is sending its paramilitary troops and army soldiers to fight against Afghan forces. We have even received information that Pakistan’s helicopters supplied weapons to militants last night,” he said.

Khpalwak said that security forces have killed 82 militants and wound 30 others so far.

Security officials in the province said that they demanded air support from the government, but they haven’t received it yet.

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