Islamabad lodges protest with Kabul over cross-border fire
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan over what it called unprovoked firing by Afghan troops at the Torkham border crossing. Several Pakistani troops and civilians were injured.
Six Pakistani civilians and 10 security personnel, including Maj. Jawad, Lieutenant Aamir and a junior commissioned officer, were injured in the cross-border clash, Pakistani security sources said on Monday.
“Afghan Charge d’ Affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs …. He was told the firing incident was contrary to the spirit of friendly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” a statement from the Foreign Office said.
Kabul does not recognise the British-era border and has long resisted attempts to regulate it.The FO explained the gate was being constructed for “facilitating cross-border movement” and that Kabul had been informed about the government policy about regulating the crossings.
It added the Afghan government had been asked to investigate the Torkham incident and take steps to prevent its recurrence. Afghanistan was further urged to cooperate on border management to boost mutual security and combat terrorism.
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