9 Killed In Balochistan, Tension At Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

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TERROR is an affair of daily schedule for many parts all round the globe and one of such is Pakistan and Afghanistan. As per the recent reports nine people were killed along with dozens injured at the time when Afghan border forces fired at a census team in Baluchistan situated in Pakistan on Friday — and it was just a day after the Afghan President said no to the invitations to visit Islamabad.

Akhtar, Civil Hospital Medical Superintendent, said in his statement that five children along with three women were killed in the firing in Chaman area. Police said that four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were also there in the injured. The Inter-Services Public Relations said, The Afghan forces have used heavy weaponry to fire at the Pakistani side, adding that border forces reacted to the firing in Kali Luqman and Kali Jahangir in the areas of Chaman.

The military’s media arm said.”Afghan border police opened fire on FC detailed for security of population census team.” Mortar shells fired from the side of Afghan also hit houses in a village of Kali Luqman. At least three children were there in the injured, who were admitted to Civil Hospital.

An emergency was imposed in the area of Chaman. The gunfight provoked the authorities to shut the Chaman border crossing, one of the two major crossing points with the disputed border. It said,”Since April 30, Afghan border police has been creating hurdles in conducting census in divided villages of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir in Chaman area on Pakistani side of the border.”

“This was done notwithstanding the fact that Afghan authorities had been informed well in advance and coordination was carried out through diplomatic and military channels for conducting census.” The country boarded on the huge task of directing its first census in almost 20 years in March. In the meantime, the Foreign Office expressed serious concerns over the motiveless firing, and summoned the Afghan Charge d’ Affairs to lodge gripe over the firing.

A Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said, “The Afghan Charge d’ Affairs was conveyed the unprovoked firing from the Afghan side not only led to the loss of precious lives and injured many, but has also disrupted the census in areas.” Zakaria said, that “the boundary between the two countries is clearly defined and Pakistani teams were leading the census drive in their own zone, which is the country’s independent right.” These two nations are been divided by the Durand Line, a 2,400 km frontier drawn by the British Empire in 1896 and disputed by Kabul, which does not officially recognize it as an international boundary.

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