There are efforts to find a diplomatic resolution of the issue, but if diplomacy does not work, Afghanistan maintains the right to retaliate, MoD said.
MoD: Cross-Border Shelling By Pakistan An Act of Aggression
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has warned that Pakistan’s missile attacks on the eastern regions of the country would have serious consequences, suggesting that a diplomatic solution of the issues between the two neighbors needed to be found.
“We cannot call it anything other, but an act of aggression,” said MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri.
There are efforts to find a diplomatic resolution of the issue, but if diplomacy does not work, Afghanistan maintains the right to retaliate, a defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said on Sunday.
This new Mod statement comes two days after the Pakistani military forces started firing missile from across the Durand Line on the eastern regions of Afghanistan. The bombing has sparked an outcry among the Afghans over Pakistan’s hostile policy toward Afghanistan.
During the past two days, the Pakistani army has fired scores of missiles on Goshta and Laalpur districts in eastern Nangarhar province and the Sarkano district of the eastern Kunar province.
According to reports, Pakistan’s cross-border shelling has left more than 2000 families homeless.
In response to Pakistan’s actions, political commentators have said that the Afghan government has failed to take the necessary measures to stop the Pakistani violations.
“The Afghan government does not have the ability to respond, because we do not have long-range weapons,” said political analyst Haroon Mir.
“This issue can be tackled through diplomatic means and even through political and economic pressure. Changing public opinion, even from a self-defensive perspective, was necessary,” said legal expert Nasrullah Stanekzai.
The MoD has said that Afghanistan is trying to show restraint to the attacks, but warned that it can lose patience unless Islamabad stops the hostile and provocative atcs.
“Anyone who commits aggression, will face defeat,” said Waziri.
Pakistan’s rocket shelling of Afghanistan’s eastern region follows a recent suicide bombing in a Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s Sindh province which killed scores of people and wounded hundreds of others.
Pakistan launched similar attacks on the eastern territories of Afghanistan in the past.
On Saturday, the Afghan ministry of foreign affairs summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan to protest the missile attacks on Afghanistan soil by the Pakistani forces.