Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Clashes

Taliban Border Guards Open Fire at Pakistan Amid Bilateral Tensions

© AP Photo / Anjum NaveedPakistan Army troops patrol along the fence on the Pakistan Afghanistan border at Big Ben hilltop post in Khyber district, Pakistan, Aug. 3, 2021.
Pakistan Army troops patrol along the fence on the Pakistan Afghanistan border at Big Ben hilltop post in Khyber district, Pakistan, Aug. 3, 2021. - Sputnik India, 1920, 05.10.2023
The firing by the Taliban guards posted at Chaman Border crossing comes a day after Islamabad urged all illegal foreigners, many of them Afghans, to leave the country.
Two people, including a 12-year-old child, were killed after Taliban* border guards opened fire at the Chaman border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday, a statement from Pakistan military media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The ISPR statement accused Afghan guards of “unprovoked and indiscriminate firing” on pedestrians at the Pakistani side, adding that Pakistani guards exercised “extreme restraint” and avoided returning fire.

“Afghan authorities have been approached to inquire the reason for such irresponsible and reckless act, apprehend and hand over the culprit to Pakistani authorities,” the Pakistan military statement said.

Pakistan also called upon the interim Afghan authorities to “exercise control” over their troops and ensure that such incidents aren’t repeated in the future, according to the statement.
“Pakistan remains committed to contributing towards peace, prosperity and development through positive and constructive bilateral relations, however, such unpleasant occurrences have the potential to harm the sincere intent and purpose,” the ISPR statement cautioned.

Pakistan Asks Foreigners Without Valid Documents to Leave Country

The firing incident comes against the backdrop of bilateral tensions after the Pakistani authorities announced this week that all undocumented foreigners in the country, most of them Afghanistan nationals, must leave the country by 1 November deadline.
Pakistan’s interior minister Sarfraz Bugti has warned that those foreigners who refuse to leave by the 1 November deadline will face deportation.
Bugti said that Pakistan had “evidence” about the alleged involvement of Afghan nationals in terrorist attacks that took place this year. He also indicated that some of the terrorist attacks were carried out by Afghanistan-based militants.
The Taliban has consistently denied any involvement in cross-border terrorist attacks against Pakistan.
The Afghanistan Embassy in Islamabad has criticized the announcement by the Pakistan government, claiming that nearly 1,000 Afghans had already been rounded-up by Pakistan’s law-enforcement in the last two weeks.
The Taliban authorities have warned that Islamabad’s actions were having a “negative” effect on overall relations.
*under UN sanctions
Chaman incident at Pakistan-Afghanistan border - Sputnik India, 1920, 04.10.2023
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