Residents of Zazai Maidan district in south-east Khost province on Sunday told TOLOnews that Pakistani forces have been establishing check-posts in parts of the district.
TOLOnews journalist Tamim Hamid, who visited the district recently, spoke to the locals about the issues around the check points established by the Pakistani army.
The locals said Pakistani forces have even planted mines in parts of villages and that they cannot go to these areas.
A local man, Shir Ahmad, 70, living in a border village called Bandrogha said in recent months they fought many times with Pakistani border forces over the establishment of check points in Afghanistan.
“They have established new check posts on hilltops. Most of these check posts did not exist in the past,” said Shir Ahmad.
About 200 families live in Bandrogha village and before this they got their water and produce from areas near the Afghanistan-Pakistani border, but after Pakistani border forces planted mines in those areas, they cannot go there, residents claimed.
The residents of the village said if they go to those areas, the Pakistani forces fire on them.
“They have fired on us and on our houses with rockets and other weapons,” Mohammad Zaman, a local said.
Afghan border soldiers in Zazai Maidan district also confirmed that new check points were established by Pakistani forces, but border police commanders refused to speak about it.
The people who live and work near the border meanwhile urged government to establish their own check posts there.
“I want government to establish more security strongholds because some parts of the border areas are without check posts,” Juma Khan, a shopkeeper said.
Residents of the district however have started movements in maintaining security and even establishing check points on hilltops in their region.
The locals are constructing a road that will end at the planned check posts that they will establish.
“By constructing this road, we aim to supply our forces at the check posts,” Khairi Marjan a local said.
“We want government to give us vehicles to support our forces. Government also should give us heavy weapons. Pakistanis have everything, can we do with light weapons?,” Sabir Khan, a member of the community council said.
Despite all these movements and Pakistanis’ efforts in establishing check posts, Zazai Maidan district is one of the most secure parts of Afghanistan, which has been achieved through the public's cooperation with security forces.