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Unprovoked firing from Afghanistan- Pakistan strongly protests against border firing from Afghan side

Afghan Charge d'Affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey Pakistan's strong protest over unprovoked firing by the Afghan forces at Pakistani forces on Torkham border crossing. Two soldiers and nine civilians including women and children were inpjured in the incident.  The Afghan Charge d'Affaires was told that the firing incident was contrary to the spirit of friendly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Afghan side was urged to thoroughly investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistani authorities. It was further emphasized that all steps should be taken for avoiding recurrence of such incidents in the future. The firing was aimed at disrupting the construction of a gate well inside Pakistani territory at the border. The gate is being constructed to facilitate the cross-border movement of people and vehicles. It was conveyed to the Afghan side that the regulation of movements at Torkham is part of government's policy to strengthen border management. Therefore, Afghan government's cooperation was needed as it would enhance mutual security and help combat the threat of terrorism. 

Torkham, Khyber Agency: (Press Release ISPR)

At about 2120 hrs yesterday Afghan Security forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani side at Torkham Gate. Pakistani security forces responded to Afghan firing effectively. It may be mentioned that Torkham is the most frequented crossing point at Pak-Afghan Border and recently even most of the terrorists have been found using this gate for entry. In order to check movement of terrorists through Torkham, Pakistan is constructing a gate on own side of the border as a necessity to check unwanted and illegal movement.

Analysts

Dr. Ibaid Ullah (MNA, PML-N)

“We strongly condemned the unprovoked firing incidents from Afghan forces. Peace in the region is directly linked with peace in Afghanistan. Such incidents are the conspiracies against peace process. Pakistanis are badly affected by the menace of terrorism and is in a state of war to wipe out this menace from our country and has also provided shelters to many Afghan refugees. Such firing incidents will add to the difficulties of the people legally crossing the Pak-Afghan border. Afghan government needs to take strict action against those, involved in firing incident.”

Rehmat Salam Khattak (Leader PML-N, KPK)

“It is not the first time that Afghan forces have violated the laws and launched unprovoked firing on the border. It is a condemnable incident. Afghan government should be thankful to Pakistan as we have provided shelters to millions of Afghan refugees. Peace situation in Pakistan is under control after the successful Operation Zarb-e-Azb. New elected Afghan government is under the influence of Indian lobby and is following the policies of India against Pakistan. Peace in Afghanistan is also in favour of Pakistan. Both governments need to devise policies to deal with the culprits involved in creating confusions among the two countries.” 

Muhammad Nazir Khan (Leader PML-N, FATA)

“The nations of Pakistan and Afghanistan have strong affiliation with each other. When Russia attacked Afghanistan in 1979 many Afghan citizens migrated to Pakistan. Pakistan provided shelters to Afghan refugees at that time. Yesterday’s firing incident is condemned by the government of Pakistan. The peace dialogues between Afghan government and Taliban have been affected as Taliban Ameer Mullah Mansour has been killed in a drone attack. Pakistan could play a role of a facilitator in peace dialogues between both the parties. We will never allow the enemies, including India, to create confusions and misunderstanding between Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Aqeel Yousafzai (Senior Journalist)

“Afghan situation is getting worse. Some elements have been involved in creating confusion between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pakistan has expressed its deep concerns over unprovoked firing incident at Afghan border and urged Afghan government to immediately investigate into the matter. A Pakistani solider was injured when Afghan security forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani side at Torkham gate in Khyber Agency. Pakistan’s lodged strong protest over unprovoked firing by the Afghan forces. Some internal forces in Afghanistan do not want peace in the country.”

Dr. Zahid Anwar Khan (Senior Analyst)

“Certain ups and downs have been witnessed in bilateral relations of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pakistan is already fighting a crucial and decisive war against the militants. Afghan government needs to support Pakistan to stop the cross-border movement of the terrorists rather to do unprovoked firing. In order to check movement of terrorists through Torkham, Pakistan is constructing a gate on own its side of the border as a necessity to check unwanted and illegal movement. India is also involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan using Afghan land. Pak-Afghan leadership should identify the elements creating hurdles in peace process and should be dealt with iron hands.”

 


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