Following reports of rising terror strikes across the Durand Line, Pakistan has urged Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership to protect the border region and take action against terrorist elements, according to local media.
In a statement released by Pakistan’s Foreign Office, “In the interest of peace and stability of the two brotherly countries, Pakistan asks the sovereign government of Afghanistan to safeguard the Pak-Afghan border area and take stern action against individuals involved in terrorist activities in the country.” According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar, terrorist assaults along the Pakistan-Afghan border have increased dramatically in recent days. The FO strongly denounced the targeting of Pakistani security forces from across the border. As per the spokesperson, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been working together for many months via institutional channels to enhance cooperation and safety along their long shared border. This, he said, is counterproductive to their efforts to maintain security and harmony along the Pakistan-Afghan border. The spokesperson said Islamabad would continue working closely with the Afghan government to develop bilateral relations in all spheres, reaffirming support for Afghanistan’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. However, elements of prohibited terrorist groups, including TTP, have persisted in targeting Pakistan’s border security checkpoints, resulting in the martyrdom of much Pakistani personnel, Iftikhar stated. According to Iftikhar, seven Pakistan Army troops were murdered in North Waziristan District on Thursday by terrorists working from Afghanistan. Iftikhar stated, "Terrorists are utilising Afghan soil to conduct actions within Pakistan with impunity.” He added that Pakistan has regularly encouraged the Afghan government in recent months to take note of the attacks in the interests of the two sister countries’ peace and growth. Taliban officials, on the other hand, accused Pakistani soldiers of launching attacks early Saturday, killing six Afghans.
Five children and a woman were slain, and a man was injured, said Najibullah Hassan Abdaal, the Taliban’s provincial director of information. Earlier, amid ongoing tensions at the Durand Line between Pakistani troops and Taliban militants, the Foreign Ministries of both countries exchanged complaint notes, accusing one another of displaying aggressive behaviour on the border. In a letter verbale to the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad on February 25, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs decried the increased occurrences of “aggressive attitudes, cross-border violations, and disdain for mutually agreed and established protocols by Afghan border security personnel.
As per the vernacular media, the event occurred despite the existence of “Pakistan’s Military Liaison Officers” in Kabul and Border Coordination Centers at Torkham and Chaman. According to an Afghan Foreign Ministry statement, Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Deputy Defense Minister Mullah Shirin Akhund met with the Pakistani envoy on Saturday and condemned the recent attacks in Khost and Kunar districts. All military violations, including those in Khost and Kunar, “must be prohibited because such acts damage ties between the two nations, allow opponents to use the situation and lead to unintended consequences.” At Saturday’s NationalAssembly session, MNA Mohsin Dawar also raised the subject, calling the alleged occurrence “very tragic.” He stated the victims were internally displaced people from North Waziristan whoh ad migrated into Afghanistan prior to the start of Zarb-i-Azab. The Pakistan Army stated on Friday that militants ambushed a military convoy along the Pakistan-Afghan border in the general vicinity of Isham, North Waziristan District, killing seven Pakistani security personnel. “Own forces launched an immediate response, effectively engaging and killing four terrorists.” However, seven soldiers took up Shahadat after an intensive exchange of fire, the ISPR stated. Pakistan has long claimed that the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has used Afghan territory to launch assaults on Pakistani border checkpoints. Notably, Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership doesn’t really acknowledge the British-era Durand Line as the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Violations along the Durand Line are still a source of conflict between the two countries. According to local media, on March 27, the Taliban registered a new protest with the Pakistan embassy in Kabul, stating that Pakistani Army officers were issuing a warning to the people of Jaji Maidan District in Khost Province to leave or suffer serious consequences.
The Taliban further claimed that Pakistani border forces had continued to use heavy and light weaponry against civilians living along the Durand Line.
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