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Kandaharis denounce Pakistani attack in Spin Boldak

Kandaharis denounce Pakistani attack in Spin Boldak

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May 07, 2017 - 12:25

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Kandahar province, provincial council members and religious scholar on Sunday condemned Pakistani forces’ violation of Duran Line.

Pakistaninfo-icon forces and the census team they were escorting entered Afghan territory in the Luqman Kalai area of Spin Boldak district on Friday, triggering a fierce clash that lasted several hours.

A dozen people were killed and scores wounded on the Afghan side in light and heavy weapons fire from Pakistani troops. In retaliatory shelling, 11 Pakistani citizens were killed.

In a protest gathering, provincial council head Syed Jan warned Pakistan of a befitting response if it resorted again to attacks on Afghan forces. He called Pakistan’s violation of the Duran Line against international norms.

Farooq Azam, another participant of the gathering, said under the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabulinfo-icon and Washington, the US should not keep silent in such a situation.

Haji Fida Mohammad, another member of provincial council, said Pakistan treated Afghanistaninfo-icon like an enemy and destroyed the country’s institutions in different ways. The Afghans stood firmly behind their security forces, he added.

Afghan and Pakistan security officials established a hotline discussion over the incident and agreed on ceasing fire. But two subsequent meetings ended without any conclusion.

nh/mud

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