Pakistan

Stepping up security: Heavy artillery moved towards Pak-Afghan border

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army has beefed up security along with Pak-Afghan border in Chaman and Torkham districts in a bid to stem illegal border movement, ARY News reported.

The army has also moved heavy artillery to the Afghan border.

The latest development comes in the wake of military action against terrorist camps on the border killing commanders of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) Jamaatul Ahrar (JA) faction on the Torkham border opposite Mohmand and Khyber tribal regions.

Pakistan security officials have said the terror group, which claimed to be behind the recent wave of terrorist attacks, has found safe haven in Afghanistan.

The security officials are of the view that any attempt to breach border security would be responded with full force. After the deadly suicide bombing on a shrine in Sehwan Sharif that killed over 80 people, security forces intensified patrolling in the areas along the Afghan border.

Pakistan last week summoned officials of the Afghan embassy to the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi to protest over the recent terrorists attack reportedly carried out from Afghan soil.

The Afghan officials were handed a list of 76 terrorists hiding in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government was asked to either take “immediate action” against them or hand them over to Pakistan.

The bombings in the previous week have hit all four provinces and two major cities, shaking a nascent sense that the worst of the country’s militant violence may be in the past.

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