Unprovoked Firing from Afghanistan- Pakistan Strongly Protests Against Border Firing from Afghan Side
Afghan Security Forces Resorted to Unprovoked Firing on Pakistani Side at Torkham Gate, 2120 Hrs Sunday
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.
Nafees Zakaria (Foreign Office Spokesperson)
“The unprovoked firing incident at the Torkham border is not in line with the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the two countries. Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with the Afghan charge d'affaires against the incident. Border management is a concern of both countries and the flow of people should be checked and controlled appropriately”.
Dr. Rasool Baksh Raees (Senior Analyst)
“Afghanistan is under the strong influence of India so it is carrying out unprovoked firing on the border just to keep India happy. Many Afghan refugees have been residing in Pakistan since long. It will take some time to normalize the prevailing situation after the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. Afghan government and Taliban are fighting each other for power. Afghan nation is fed-up of this war and wants a peaceful solution to the problem. Moreover, Afghan government and Taliban should sit together to resolve all the issues peacefully.”