Kabul summons Pakistani envoy over border shelling
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan summoned Pakistan's charge d'affaires in Kabul over recent cross border attacks into southeastern Paktika province, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.
Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, told journalists in Kabul that the Pakistani envoy was summoned on Monday evening over rockets fired from Pakistan into Shakin district of Paktika at Afghan border police posts.
He said the shelling killed one Afghan border policeman and inured three others. He said a strong protest was lodged with the Pakistan's charge d'affaires and the Afghan Foreign Ministry warned Pakistan to stop the attacks with immediate effect.
He said such attacks during this sensitive situation could threaten relations between the governments and the peoples of the two countries.
Local officials in Paktika said the clash that erupted on Sunday in the Angoor Ada area had come to an end. Angoor Ada straddles both sides of the boundary between the two countries.
A resident of Khand village in Angoor Ada, Noor Rahman Wazir, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash occurred after insurgents fired rockets at Pakistani militia forces from inside the Pakistani soil. But the Pakistani forces retaliated by firing at Afghan border police and the exchange of fire lasted three hours, he said.
He said residents fled to other areas for their safety and returned to their homes after the clash was over. However, he had no information about casualties.
Paktika governor’s spokesman Nabiullah Pirkhel said one Afghan border policeman was killed and four others wounded as a result of firing by the Pakistani forces. He said a civilian had also been injured in the incident.
Pirkhel said initial information suggested that eight Pakistani militiamen had also suffered casualties.
A similar border clash few months ago left an Afghan border police officer killed in the same area.
The Pakistani military had 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.
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