Pakistan Army destroyed five Afghan check posts: commander southern command

Cheryl Sanders
May 9, 2017

Pakistan's Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector Major General Nadeem Ahmed announced the news on Sunday, adding that more than 100 members of Afghan security forces had also been wounded in the cross-border operation.

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.

Eleven people, including women, children and a FC man, were killed and 47 injured when Afghan border forces resorted to "unprovoked" firing at Pakistani troops guarding a census team.

Pakistan and Afghanistan regularly accuse each other of sheltering their enemy insurgents. Pakistani officials said Saturday they were still busy in assessing damages caused by the Afghan artillery.

To a query, General Aamir said that the Bab-e-Dosti on Pak-Afghan border would remain close till normalcy of the situation. He said the census had been going on in the border areas for four days until April 29 when the Afghan forces started to hinder the process.

Zakhilwal said that even the death of the two Afghan soldiers was too many for "our claim for seeking good neighbourly relations is genuine & if we mean well for each other".

In March this year former Afghan President Hamid Karzai again said that Afghanistan would never accept the Durand Line as an global border, stoking fears on the Pakistani side.

"We are not happy for their losses but we were forced to retaliate", he said, adding that two Pakistani soldiers were killed and nine wounded in the incident. "Technical teams of both countries will use Global Positioning System and Google Maps as well as other means to get the answer".

To a question about Afghan attack on border areas, he said that the Afghan government had been informed through diplomatic channels that national census was being conducted in Pakistan and the teams would be visiting the border areas for the goal.

Afghanistan has for years accused Pakistan of sheltering Afghan Taliban militants, something Pakistan denies.

The two sides agreed to conduct a geological survey of the border villages to "remove discrepancies".

Friday's fire ended when local commanders from the two armies communicated on a hotline that is set up between top army officers from the two sides to defuse tensions.

"There is no movement of people and vehicles in the border areas", an official of the Chaman administration said.

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