Afghan military on Thursday warned it will take physical action against Pakistan if diplomatic efforts to stop cross-border shelling failed.
Last week, Afghanistan complained to the United Nations that Pakistani military fired more than 1,200 mortar and artillery shells into Afghan territory since January, displacing 450 families. It also said that Pakistan aircraft carried out unauthorized flights over Afghan air-space.
“If our diplomatic efforts produced no results, we will possibly have physical counter-action,” warned Qadam Shah Shaheem, Afghanistan’s Chief of Army Staff.
He said that the shelling claimed lives of “our compatriots”, destroyed forests and caused economic loss on the Afghan people.
Speaking about military plan for upcoming year of fighting, Shaheem said that the planning was over.
He assured that the country’s defense and security forces will “thwart militants’ strategic goals as they did in previous years.”
The senior army official further revealed that Afghanistan will receive more fixed wing A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft and MD-530F helicopters this year.
He expected that the U.S. will deliver Black Hawk helicopters in 2018 to be used for transport by the Afghan army.