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300,000 Guns Smuggled into Frontier Province, Official Says

December 24, 1985

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ The government of Afghanistan has sent about 300,000 semi-automatic rifles and hundreds of heavy weapons to tribal forces in Pakistan’s lawless North- West Frontier province, the Pakistani interior minister said.

The minister, Aslam Khattak, told the National Assembly during a debate late Sunday that the government had determined that Soviet-made and Chinese- made Kalashnikov rifles, rocket launchers and anti-tank missiles had been smuggled across the border.

Khattak said the weapons were being supplied by the Afghan regime to tribal chiefs disloyal to Islamabad. Pakistani military forces moved into the Khyber Pass near the Afghan border earlier this month and demanded the surrender of a group of tribal chieftains.

Pakistani officials said the operation was aimed at illegal drug operations and arms smugglers who were operating with the backing of the Afghan government.

Pakistan supports guerrillas fighting Afghanistan’s Marxist regime.

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