Fighting With Pakistan Displaces Hundreds in Dand-e-Patan, Paktia

Residents of Dand Patan in Paktia stated that the recent clashes have resulted in significant financial and human loss.

After Pakistan’s air strikes in Khost and Paktika and clashes between the forces of the Islamic Emirate and Pakistan’s border guards in the Dand-e-Patan district of Paktia, nearly 500 families in Dand-e-Patan have now been forced to leave their homes.

The area of Setia in Dand Patan district was targeted by rocket attacks on Monday, resulting in the death of two civilians and injuring seven others, including women and children.

“Unfortunately, as a result of a tank shell fired by Pakistani forces hitting a vehicle, one person was martyred,” said Miakhil, a resident of Dand-e-Patan district.

“He went to take his children outside, a mortar struck, killing him and injuring his daughter and son,” said Gulal Khan, a resident of this district.

A number of these families, ask for security and for both sides to resolve their problems through dialogue.

“Many shells were fired, targeting civilian houses, not governmental organizations. Whenever there is a conflict Pakistan targets people’s houses,” said Miraj Khaksar, a resident of Dand-e-Patan.

“Injustice has been done to us all our lives. If there are people on that side of the line, they are Muslims, and they are always being shot at, and people on this side of the line are always suffering too,” said Jarnail Mangal, a resident of Dand-e-Patan.

Officials of Dand-e-Patan district said that in the counterattacks, the forces of the Islamic Emirate targeted the centers of the Pakistani border forces, but the Pakistani forces fired rockets at civilian houses.

“The cause of the war was that many outposts of the Islamic Emirate forces were attacked. The Islamic Emirate considered the general public and did not fire blindly,” said Ziauddin, the deputy of Dand-e-Patan district’s governor.

Recently, the Ministry of Defense announced in a statement the visit of the Deputy Chief of Army Staff to the Dand-e-Patan district of Paktia. The ministry said that the Islamic Emirate is not in favor of war, but if fired upon, security forces will respond.

Fighting With Pakistan Displaces Hundreds in Dand-e-Patan, Paktia