Pak, Afghan DGMOs establish hotline contact following Chaman firing

The skirmish took place Friday at the Chaman border that divides Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province and Afghanistan's southern Kandahar as Pakistani officials were carrying out a census count
Pak, Afghan DGMOs establish hotline contact following Chaman firing
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08 May, 2017

The IG FC was addressing the media over a recent cross-border attack in Chaman, in which 12 people were killed and 40 injured when Afghan border forces opened fire on security personnel guarding a census team.

Border clashes between Pakistan and Afghanistan killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 80 others Friday in a disputed area, officials said.

He said Pakistani officials had stressed that the villages where the census staff were conducting the population count near the border belonged to Pakistan.

Chaman, one of the two main border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan, was closed in the wake of the incident, with firing ongoing, Pakistani military spokesman Asif Ghafoor said in a statement.

Afghan officials had confirmed the death of seven security personnel and some several civilians.

Pakistani army spokesman Maj.

He said terrorism is a common threat to both the countries, and peace can not not be maintained without securing the border between them.

Pakistan's Foreign Office called on Kabul to take immediate steps to bring an end to the unprovoked firing from the Afghan side and demanded action against those responsible for the violation.

Pakistan, being a peace loving country, has a policy to maintain good relations with all its neighboring countries, he added.

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To a question on the closure of the border crossing point Bab-e-Dosti, Gen Riaz said it will remain shut unless the situation improves in the area.

The Pakistani and Afghan armies have been clashing at the Chaman border crossing in southwestern Baluchistan province since Friday.

In response to border clashes, people living in the villages situated near the Chaman border started to move out to safer places after authorities advised it was no longer safe for them to stay.

The workers and their escorts were going door-to-door in villages along the border as part of a nationwide census, which began in March.

In February this year, Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling of Afghan territory in Nangarhar region, saying the area was hosting anti-Pakistan militants.

Subsequently, the Afghan side contacted Pakistan requesting ceasefire, which was accorded and welcomed, he said.

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He said that such types of un-provocative attacks are in no way acceptable to us.


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