MPs want ECC to probe poll complaints

KABUL (PAN): A parliamentary delegation that visited Goshta district in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday told the lower house Pakistani forces were building military posts in the area over the past decade due to the government’s negligence.
The Wolesi Jirga dispatched the team to the area after the last week's border clash between Pakistani and Afghan forces near the Durand Line, where a security gate constructed by the Pakistan was razed.
The clash resumed on Monday after the Pakistani forces started reconstructing the gate. Security officials in Nangarhar said four Pakistani posts were destroyed during the latest skirmish.
Quoting tribal elders, MP Hamidzai Lalai, who headed the parliamentary team, told his colleagues Pakistani troops had advanced 45 kilometres into Afghan territory from the British-mandated border.
He said elders of Momand tribe living the district had told the delegation the Pakistani advancement was a result of inattention from the Kabul government.
The lawmaker said their investigation revealed Nangarhar officials and residents of Goshta town had informed the Presidential Palace about the activities of Pakistani forces long before, but high-ups had been silent until the border skirmish occurred.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi asked the house security and defence panels to arrange talks with the officials concerned to discuss ways of resolving the issue.
President Karzai has said Pakistani attacks were aimed at mounting pressure on Afghanistan to formally recognise the Durand Line as an international border.

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