BAJAUR AGENCY - Expressing concern over growing cross-border attacks on Bajaur Agency, the elders of Mamond tribe on Sunday asked the Afghan government to stop movement of the insurgents living in Kunar province of Afghanistan and warned that they would target militant hideouts and insurgents inside Afghan territory if such attacks continue in future.

The tribal elders said this while addressing a jirga of Mamond tribe held here a day after the cross-border militant attack on Nao Top, a bordering area of Bajaur Agency.

A number of tribal elders and heads and members of various village defence committees attended the jirga in which they discussed issues related to the law and order, anti-militant activities and the recent cross-border attack.

They expressed great concern over growing attacks by the militants from Afghan side of the border on the agency and said that such unpleasant incidents are not only against the sovereignty of the region but they are also against the principles of good neighbouring relations between the people of both the sides.

“The Afghan government, particularly the people of Kunar province who are our brothers, should play their due role to eliminate cross-border attacks at the border areas of the agency as such attacks are against the interests of the people of both the areas,” they added.

They strongly condemned the cross-border aggression by the militants in the area and demanded of the Afghan government to take serious notice of the issue.  Growing cross-border attacks show that Afghan government has failed to fulfil its responsibility, they said. The elders warned that they would target the militant hideouts and insurgents inside Afghan territory if such attacks continue in future.

“We can no more remain silent over such attacks on our land, as such attacks are badly affecting the peace and normalcy in the region,” they said. The elders declared the tribesmen of Mamond tribe are united and have the capability to thwart cross-border attacks on their areas. The elders also appreciated the security forces for thwarting the Saturday attack.

Meanwhile, the security forces have established more posts at the border areas of Mamond tehsil to prevent cross-border attacks on the region.

An official of the Bajaur administration said on Sunday that additional troops, besides volunteers of peace committees, have been deployed at the posts.

Earlier, at least one soldier was killed and two others were injured in a brazen early morning attack on a check post in Bajaur Agency by terrorists from across the Afghan border on Saturday.

Sixteen terrorists were also killed in retaliatory firing by the security forces. According to military officials, a large number of militants attacked a Pakistani post on Nao Top. They said the Pakistani troops backed by gunship helicopters effectively responded the attack.