Pakistan summons Afghan envoy over cross-border attack
Janan Musazai was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ministry lodged a strong protest against the mortar shelling from Afghanistan in Khyber Agency on Sunday morning, the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul said in a statement.
It said the shelling killed four Pakistani soldiers and critically injured four others. The envoy was asked to urge his government to investigate the incident and share the result of the inquiry with the government of Pakistan.
“Such incidents do not augur well for the positive trajectory of relations the two sides have been able to achieve after sustained efforts,” the statement said.
It said Pakistan fully condemned terrorism in all forms and manifestations and was willing to collaborate with Afghanistan to fight the common enemy.
However, the attacks against Pakistan military personnel were unacceptable, the statement said, quoting the Afghan Ambassador as saying that he would convey the message to the authorities concerned in Kabul. He expressed his condolences over the killing of Pakistani soldiers.
The Ambassador was also requested to urge his government to ensure the safety and security of the Pakistan Embassy and Consulates’ staff and Pakistani diaspora in Afghanistan.
Musazai assured that Afghanistan attached great importance to the security of Pakistani personnel and instructions in this regard had already been issued by the government of Afghanistan to enhance their security.
The rounds fired by terrorists from Afghanistan hit a 8,000 feet high Pakistani post in Akhandwala Pass, killing four Pakistan Army soldiers and wounding as many others, a statement issued by the Pakistani army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said.
“Pakistani troops befittingly responded and eliminated the group of terrorists.”
The attack comes a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reiterated his call on Pakistan to adopt the “same definition” for terrorism for attacks in Afghanistan as it does for attacks across the Durand Line.
“Pakistan should have an understanding of the situation in Afghanistan and use the same definition of terrorism with regards to Afghanistan as it does domestically,” Ghani said in a meeting with outgoing Swedish Ambassador to Afghanistan Peter Semneby.
In a statement released from the Afghan Presidential Palace, Ghani added the region and the world were in agreement with Afghanistan on the fight against terrorism, especially on the links between terrorism and criminal economy.
It is the second time Pakistan has called the Afghan ambassador to the foreign ministry in less than a week amid growing tensions between the two countries.
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