Militant attack sparks Afghan-Pak border skirmish
The clash broke out after militants fired rockets from Afghan territory into the other side of Durand Line at around 2pm, damaging some buildings, Paktika provincial council’s deputy head Naimatullah Babari told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Pakistan forces retaliated with attacking Afghan border police posts in nearby villages of Shkeen, an unofficial district of Paktika province, he said, adding three border policemen were injured by 6:30pm during the clash. One of the Afghan border policemen was in a critical condition, he added.
Many families were displaced after Pakistani troops started shelling villages and police checkpoints, a resident of the area said on condition of anonymity.
Pakistani forces also suffered casualties in the gun-battle but exact number was unknown, a security official, who wanted to be unnamed, said. The clash took place near Angoor Ada, which straddles both sides of the boundary between the two countries.
In Rawalpindi, the Pakistani military said five rockets fired from Afghanistan side landed in near vicinity of Pak-Afghan Gate inside Pakistan territory at the Angoor Adda area in South Waziristan, however, no loss of life or property was reported.
The NEWS quoted the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistan army, as saying that the rockets were fired at 1430 hours. Pakistani security forces also fired in the direction from which rockets were fired.
In Washington on Sunday, Director General ISPR Asim Saleem Bajwa said Pakistan “will continue supporting peace efforts in Afghanistan with utmost sincerity.”
He told Washington media Pakistan has always extended full support in establishing peace in Afghanistan, according to Radio Pakistan. He said, ‘we have already told that terrorists could flee to Afghanistan to avoid operation Zarb-e-Azb’.
Asim Bajwa stressed the need for strict surveillance along the border to avoid terrorists’ escape. He said Army Chief General Raheel Sharif's visit to the United States has great importance in the changing environment.
The DG ISPR urged Afghanistan to take effective measures to prevent terrorists from fleeing. He further said regional security and stability will be discussed during the visit.
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