Pakistan authorities foil bid to smuggle ‘US-made arms’ from Afghanistan

Pakistan Customs authorities foiled a bid to smuggle a huge cache of arms from Afghanistan at the Torkham border.

The action was taken on the intelligence report that a huge cache of Russian and Turkiye-made arms was being smuggled to Pakistan from Afghanistan in a container carrying coal.

Pakistan Customs authorities stopped the container at the Torkham Border and during the search, they found weapons in large quantities concealed in the vehicle.

As per details, the US-made weapons, left in Afghanistan after the departure of the forces were attempted to smuggle to Pakistan, concealed in the onion sacks.

Upon checking by the Pakistan Customs and the security forces personnel, the weapons concealed in the onion sacks were recovered.

The recovered US-made weapons include M4, Kalashankov, American Riffle, Leaser beams, night vision sites and bullets in large numbers.

The Afghan driver of the container has been arrested and handed over to the local police for further action. The weapons and explosives were to be used to disturb the law and order situation in Pakistan, the official said.

In a separate development, security forces recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition during the Chaman intelligence-based operation (IBO) on Sunday.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that an IBO was carried out in the general area of Rehman Kahul, Chaman, to clear a suspected hideout of terrorists linked with recent terrorist incidents, including the planting of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Chaman and surrounding areas.

On Tuesday evening, Islamabad delivered a strong demarche to the Afghan Interim Government, calling for an investigation and strict action against the perpetrators of the Dera Ismail Khan attack.

The attack, whose responsibility has been claimed by Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan, a terrorist group affiliated with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), resulted in multiple causalities, including the martyrdom of 23 security personnel, a Foreign Office statement said.

The Afghan diplomat was asked to immediately convey to the Afghan Interim Government the need to fully investigate and take stern action against the perpetrators of the recent attack.