Huge cache of US-made weapons seized at Torkham border


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PESHAWAR: In a big achievement, the personnel of security agencies and Pakistan Customs posted at Torkham border crossing on Wednesday foiled a bid to smuggle made-in-the-USA weapons from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

According to reports, when the vehicle coming from Afghanistan to Pakistan was searched at Torkham, the latest US-made weapons, including M4, Kalashnikov rifles, rifle grenades, night vision sights, laser bombs and thousands of bullets, concealed in bags filled with onions, were recovered.

In this connection, the driver has been arrested and shifted to some undisclosed location for interrogation during which it is expected that important information about the source and the destination would be obtained.

A large quantity of US-made weapons were seized at Pakistan-Afghanistan border, just a day after a terrorist attack claimed the lives 23 soldiers in Dera Ismail Khan.

The responsibility for the deadly suicide attack was claimed by Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan (TJP), a terrorist outfit affiliated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Pakistan asks Kabul to probe links to attack that killed 23 soldiers

On Tuesday, Pakistan demanded the Taliban government in Afghanistan to apprehend and hand over the perpetrators of the grisly suicide bombing in Dera Ismail Khan.

The cross-border trafficking and use of US-made arms against security forces and law enforcers completely negates the claims made by the Taliban’s Afghanistan interim government which says that Afghan soil isn’t being used against Pakistan.

Islamabad has been urging Kabul to act and take concrete steps against the TTP while also stopping the arms smuggling into Pakistan.

The latest seizure of arms comes as Pakistan has shared the evidence of Afghan nationals’ involvement in terrorism acts and the use of US weapons in the past as well.

Security forces have seized these weapons from several locations during intelligence-based or clearance operations in recent months, as It is estimated that the US-manufactured weapons worth $ 7.12 billion were left in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal from the country in August 2021.

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