Pakistani ambassador summoned over cross-border shelling
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday summoned Pakistan Ambassador Syed Ibrar Hussain and expressed Afghanistan's concern at the \artillery shelling of Afghan territory by Pakistani forces.
Recalling the cross-border attacks on Afghan territory, Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai said: “In the last few days, Pakistani forces have fired 53 rounds of heavy weapons at Speen zhay, Dwa Khula, Chunchro Tangai, and Kamary Lakar areas of the Nazyan district of Nangarhar province, and Batash, Dolay Khor and Chogam areas of Naray and Sheigal districts of Kunar province."
He said the shelling resulted in the martyrdom of three civilians, including a woman, and injuries to two others. “The continuation of such attacks is against the principles of good neighbourliness and international norms, and can significantly harm ]friendly relations between the two nations.”
He referred to Kabul's efforts for improving bilateral relations, Karzai said the attacks were a violation of Afghanistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity. In a statement from the ministry, he asked for an immediate halt the assaults from across the Durand Line.
The deputy minister added: “These attacks not only caused financial and physical losses to the people of Afghanistan, but also raised concern, hatred and protest of the people, the national assembly and the government of Afghanistan that can affect the relations between the two countries.”
For his part, Ambassador Hussain promised to convey the concerns of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Pakistani authorities.
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