Pakistan

At Chaman, Afghan Forces Open Unprovoked Fire Resulting in Numerous Casualties: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has made it clear that Afghan forces opened unprovoked fire on innocent civilians gathered towards Pakistan’s side of the international border on July 30, resulting in numerous casualties and losses to state infrastructure.

Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan troops deployed on the posts were also simultaneously engaged by Afghan posts. Pakistan troops responded to protect our local population and acted only in self-defence. It is reiterated that Pakistan Force did not open fire first and responded in self-defence only.

The spokesperson further said that to de-escalate the situation, the Pakistan side immediately activated both military and diplomatic channels and it was after hectic efforts that the firing was stopped from Afghan side.

“It must be noted that the borders with Afghanistan were opened for pedestrian movement and trade, upon the request of the Afghan authorities. Pakistan is undertaking concerted efforts to ensure regulated movement of trade between the two countries, which are being challenged by elements opposed to such regulation. Moreover, due to Eid ul Azha, pedestrians’ move was also allowed. People gathered for this purpose were deliberately targeted by Afghan forces for incomprehensible reasons, the spokesperson said, adding that this unfortunate incident resulted in numerous casualties and deliberate/serious damage to State infrastructure on the Pakistan side. There were, reportedly, unfortunate losses on the Afghan side as well. All this could have been avoided if fire had not been initiated from the Afghan side.

“Pakistan reiterates its sincere readiness to further enhance fraternal relations with Afghanistan in the interest of peace and stability in the region. We hope our constructive efforts will be reciprocated,” the spokesperson concluded.

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