Pakistani Troops Fired In Self-defence At Border With Afghanistan: FO
Faizan Hashmi 5 days ago Fri 31st July 2020 | 11:11 PM
Pakistan on Friday said the firing incident at its border with Afghanistan at Chaman, that resulted in casualties, was an act of self-defence to protect local population
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2020 ) :Pakistan on Friday said the firing incident at its border with Afghanistan at Chaman, that resulted in casualties, was an act of self-defence to protect local population.
The foreign office said, "Pakistani troops responded to protect our local population and acted only in self-defence." It said at the Friendship Gate Chaman on Thursday, the Afghan forces opened unprovoked fire on innocent civilians gathered towards Pakistan's side of the international border.
Pakistan troops deployed on the posts were also simultaneously engaged by Afghan posts, it said.
" "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," it said.
It mentioned that due to Eid ul Azha, pedestrians' move was also allowed. People gathered for this purpose were deliberately targeted by Afghan forces for incomprehensible reasons.
"This unfortunate incident resulted in numerous casualties and deliberate/serious damage to State infrastructure on the Pakistan side," it said.
The statement mentioned that there were, reportedly, unfortunate losses on the Afghan side as well.
Pakistan reiterated 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," it said.