Mohammad Khan urges peaceful end to Torkham tension
KABUL (Pajhwok): First deputy chief executive officer (CEO) Mohammad Khan on Tuesday stressed a peaceful resolution to the border tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan and asked Islamabad to ensure their forces respected international obligations.
A statement from Khan’s office said the clash along the Durand Line was in no country’s interest. He said Afghanistan wanted a peaceful co-existence with all its neighours including Pakistan.
The deputy CEO urged all neighbouring countries to ensure their security forces adhered to international standards and obligations in order their violations did not result in differences.
Mohammad Khan said the tension at the Torkham border crossing should be addressed through peaceful means, dialogue and diplomatic channels as soon as possible.
He said the two countries should not let the tension further escalate because it would land in trouble people living on both sides of the border, who had close and unbreakable relations.
Reports said Afghanistan and Pakistan have increased the number troops on their sides of the Torkham border after deadly clashes between the two sides over the issue of fencing the border and constructing a new gate by the Pakistani forces.
The skirmish erupted on Sunday when an Afghan border guard was killed and six others were wounded and unconfirmed reports said 21 Pakistani security forces had been killed.
Local officials in Nangarhar province said two Afghan border policemen and two children had been killed and another 18 border policemen wounded during the intermittent exchanges since Sunday.
Dawan.com reported on Tuesday that a Pakistan army officer, who was injured by Afghan firing at the Torkham border on Monday, succumbed to his injuries at the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar on Tuesday. Pakistani officials told the media that the skirmish had resulted in injuries to 16 Pakistani citizens, including six border security personnel.
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