Army kills 50 Afghan forces in border fight

Lucy Bush
May 8, 2017

Three persons were killed and 21 injured, as Afghan forces fired at Frontier Corps (FC) personnel detailed for the security of a census team, early on Friday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

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 police spokesman Zia Durani accused Islamabad of using the census as cover for "malicious activities and to provoke villagers against the government".

Pakistani hospital and security officials in Chaman say the death toll on their side is at least nine civilians, including women and children, while more than 40 have been wounded.

A Pakistani Frontier Corps official, Maj.

It was the second time this year that the Chaman border crossing was sealed.

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Afghanistan disputes portions of its almost 2,600-kilometer border with Pakistan, which is known as the Durand Line. Another 100 Afghan security forces were wounded, he said.

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"It is the responsibility of the Afghan government to ensure that such incidents are permanently stopped", Sharif said.

He said Afghanistan did not positively respond to Pakistan's efforts to improve relations in recent months.

On its part, Pakistan had been taking measures for the border management, but Afghanistan had taken no step in that regard, he said.

Following the skirmishes, the situation in the usually bustling border towns of Chaman on the Pakistani side and Spin Boldak on the Afghan side remains tense, and the crossing point between the two countries remained closed to all traffic and trade. Pakistani officials said Saturday that they were still busy assessing damage caused by the Afghan artillery.

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"Anyone who tries to make Pakistan's territory disputed will face similar consequences", Lt Gen Riaz told reporters during a visit to Chaman, where the Friday clashes took place.

Both sides later declared ceasefire along the Chaman border. "The border will remain closed until Afghanistan changes its behaviour", he said.

Meanwhile, Afghan border soldiers also warned that they will stand against any move by Pakistan's military.

Sediqi further added that the Afghan troops prevented the illegal movements of the Pakistani militia forces inside the Afghan soil and it was the Pakistani troops who launched the attack first.

Talking about the issue of border management, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said Pak-Afghan border is internationally recognized border and its management is vital to control terrorism.

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