Pakistani troops destroy 5 Afghan border posts, kill 50 soldiers: Army

Afghanistan on Monday rejected "celebratory" reports of a Pakistani paramilitary force claiming that it had killed 50 Afghan soldiers in border clashes last week, saying only two Afghan soldiers had died.

Ten Pakistani civilians were killed and more than 40 people, including women and children, were injured in the firing by Afghan forces.

The Afghan Border Police opened fire on soldiers accompanying a census team, a Pakistani military statement read on May 5. They say the Afghan government had been notified and given the coordinates of the border villages, where the census workers were going door to door.

An emergency was imposed in Chaman.

It is not the only area of dispute between the neighbours: They accuse each other or harbouring armed groups who carry out attacks across their borders.

Separately, Commander of the Southern Command Lt Gen Amir Riaz said the Pakistan Army destroyed five Afghan checkposts.

"Technical teams of both countries will use Global Positioning System and Google Maps as well as other means to get the answer".

"They did not heed the warning and we have clear orders to engage them", Durani said, adding two Afghan border police were wounded.

The incident occurred in the Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir villages of Chaman, which straddle the border and have been a source of controversy between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan has for years accused Pakistan of sheltering Afghan Taliban militants on its soil.

Major General Hiwa Rash said two attackers blew themselves up at the entrance to the base and the other three were killed in a shootout with Kurdish forces. The boundary, known as the Durand Line — named for Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, the former British diplomat who first established the border in 1896 — runs through vast ethnic Pashtun areas on both sides, in some places straight through villages.

"We are not pleased to announce this but the Afghan commanders are responsible for this", he said while briefing the media on the Chaman border firing issue. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, which oversees the Afghan border police, also said the claim was "totally baseless".

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

Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif stressed the need for promoting mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan for the elimination of terrorism and establishment of durable peace in the region, our correspondent in Sialkot adds.

  • Leroy Wright