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Pak envoy summoned as border tension persists

Pak envoy summoned as border tension persists

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Feb 26, 2017 - 21:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday said it summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Kabul over issues concerning relations between the two neighbouring countries.

A statement from the MoFA said deputy foreign minister Naseer Ahmad Andisha summoned Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain to the ministry on Sunday afternoon.

Pakistaninfo-icon on February 16 closed its crossing points with Afghanistaninfo-icon after a deadly suicide attack on a sufi shrine in Sindh province.

Pakistani forces have been allegedly firing rockets into eastern Kunar and Nangarhar provinces over the past 10 days.

Meanwhile, police in Pakistan have been harassing Afghan refugees over the past two weeks and so far about 235 refugees, who lacked documents to live in the country, were forcibly repatriated through the Torkham border crossing.

The MoFA statement said the deputy minister condemned the recent ongoing rocket shelling by Pakistan into Kunar. A forest area was burnt in Sarkano district as a result of the shelling.

The shelling has displaced a large number of families in Goshta district of Nangarhar province.

The MoFA statement quoted the deputy foreign minister as requesting clarification from Pakistan about the shelling.

He also expressed concern over military activities by the Pakistani army in Ghani camp locality of Mohmand tribal region near the Durand Lineinfo-icon and over arrests and torturing of Afghans living in many parts of Pakistan and the closure of Torkham and Chaman border gates.

The statement quoted the Pakistani Ambassador as saying that the recent military activities in Pakistan were aimed at fighting against terrorism and extremism.  

The objections and concerns of the Afghan government would be shared with his country’s relevant authorities, he added.

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