Pakistan, Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes

Miranda GreerMay 08, 2017

"We are not pleased to tell you that five Afghan check posts were completely destroyed - more than 50 of their soldiers were killed and over 100 were wounded", Major General Nadim Ahmad, head of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps, told reporters on Sunday.

In yet another tragic episode on the Durand Line, the worldwide border that separates Pakistan from Afghanistan, the Afghan forces - without provocation - started shelling at the Chaman border on Friday.

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The closure of border crossing has suspended all trade and business activities. The clashes, which ended after a few hours when local commanders contacted each other via an emergency hotline, marked a unsafe escalation between the two US allies.

Lt. Gen. Amir Riaz, said the Pakistan Army destroyed five Afghan checkposts.

Inspector General of Frontier Constabulary, Major General Nadeem Ahmed said that Afghan troops launched an offensive to capture houses along the border, and in retaliation around 50 persons were killed. He claimed that Pakistan tried to resolve the issue through talks but the Afghan forces resorted to force first.

Danish said a woman was killed and 30 other civilians were wounded in the attacks, which forced several local residents to flee their homes.

Sediqi further added that only two border police forces lost their lives along with civilians and not what the Pakistani authorities are claiming.

However, Afghan officials had blamed Pakistan for "incursion" into Afghan side of the border. He said that terrorism was a common threat to both the countries and peace could not be maintained without securing the border between them.

Khaama Press quoted Sediqi as saying that the claims are absolutely wrong and the Afghan government strongly rejects the claims. Each country says the other turns a blind eye to militant sanctuaries.

Describing the attempt made by Afghan military forces as a "foolish mistake", Riaz added: "The border will remain closed till Afghanistan changes its behaviour".

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