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Afghanistan writes to UNSC on Pakistan shelling its border province; asks for action

Afghan Border Police personnel keep watch during an ongoing battle between Pakistani and Afghan Border forces near the Durand line at Spin Boldak in Kandahar on May 5. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi Aug 27, 2019, 07.45 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

 Afghanistan has written to United Nation Security Council about Pakistan's continues targetting and shelling the country's province bordering its southern neighbour.

Pakistan on August 19 and 20 fired over 200 rockets into the shelter district of northeastern Kunar province bordering Afghanistan causing massive damage in that area and also resulting in the displacement of the local population. 

The letter was written by Afghan envoy to United Nation Adela Raz to Poland Envoy to United Nations Joanna Wronecka on August 22.

The letter says, "Afghan government calls on the United Nation Security Council to take necessary measures and actions to bring about an end to the violations identified"

It further added, "Should be grateful if this letter of complaint on Pakistan's continued activities is circulated as an official document of the Security Council".

The violation of Afghan territory continued despite Kabul informing Pakistan through diplomatic channel to cease the provocative activities. 

The development comes even as Islamabad using the support of its ally China tried to rake up Kashmir at UNSC earlier this month in the backdrop of New Delhi's internal decision to remove the special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

This is not the first time Afghans have written to the UN. In February this year, Afghanistan had complained to UNSC on Islamabad's engagement with the Taliban and its support to terror groups. Pakistan government had invited the Taliban for talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, irking Kabul. After approaching the UNSC, the meeting was cancelled though interestingly the announcement came from the Taliban.

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Pakistan on August 19 and 20 fired over 200 rockets into the shelter district of northeastern Kunar province bordering Afghanistan causing massive damage in that area and also resulting in the displacement of the local population