Pakistan dispatches supplies to southwest border villages

Cheryl Sanders
May 11, 2017

Inspector General of Frontier Corps Major Gen Nadeem Ahmed yesterday claimed 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in retaliatory firing by the army after the attack on Pakistani census workers by Afghan forces in Balochistan province last week.

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

"Afghan border police opens fire on FC detailed for security of population census team", said Pakistan military's media wing, adding that 18 people were wounded.

Tension has been increasing in recent months with each side accusing the other of not doing enough to stop militants engaging in cross-border raids.

He said two Afghan border police were killed in Spin Boldak, on the Afghan side of the border, and another 11 were wounded.

Afghanistan's envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal on Monday rubbished claims that Pakistani security forces killed 50 Afghan soldiers in retaliation to allegedly unprovoked firing in Balochistan's Chaman area, saying that only two Afghan soldiers were killed and seven others injured.

And while official Afghan maps reflect the so-called "Durand Line", many nationalists believe the true border of their country ends at the River Indus that runs though Pakistan and gave India its name.

Earlier Pakistan and Afghan military authorities, approved to determine the geographical border limits in the third Pak-Afghan flag meeting at the Bab-e-Dosti gate.

ACCI officials also said according to the Geneva Water Convention and the United Nations, Afghanistan has the right to prevent the closure of its borders with Pakistan. Security officials said that the goal was to target two Pakistani check posts in the area.

Chaman is one of only two main border crossings from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

In the wake of the attack, the government closed down the Chaman border and civilians living in the Killi Luqman, Killi Jahangir, Killa Abdullah and Badshah Adda Kahol areas near the border were moved to safer places.

Gen. Abdul Raziq, the police chief in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, blamed Pakistan for initiating the gunbattle.

But the Afghan government said Pakistan was warned not to conduct census in villages on the border which housed divided families.

He said Pakistan and Afghanistan are fighting against terrorism and there is need of further united efforts to combat the menace. The Afghan DGMO acknowledged that border was between villages. In March 20, Nawaz Sharif; Pakistani PM ordered the crossing to be reopened.

Afghanistan disputes portions of its almost 2,600-kilometer border with Pakistan, which is known as the Durand Line.

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