Islamabad: The Pakistani army said on Sunday it has killed over 50 Afghan soldiers near the border between the two countries, as tensions between the two forces escalated after clashes earlier this week killed 10 Pakistani civilians.
Major gen. Nadeem Ahmed said more than 100 Afghan soldiers were also injured in the retaliatory attack by the army to the firing by Afghan forces on Friday in the Balochistan province.
Gen. Ahmed, however, told reporters he was “not happy” about the incident as “Afghans are Muslims, our brothers.”
The entire responsibility of the incident, Ahmed added, lies with the Afghan forces,” he said
Afghan and Pakistani security forces have been fighting since Friday when 10 Pakistani civilians were killed and more than 40 people, including women and children, were injured in a firing by Afghan forces on Pakistani census workers and the troops escorting them at border villages in Balochistan.
Meanwhile, Pakistan declared the four-kilometer area adjacent to the Chaman border with Afghanistan a ‘no-go-area’. Since the attack last week, the Bab-e-Dosti or the ‘friendship gate’ remained closed on Sunday for the third consecutive day.
All activities, including Nato’s supply line, were suspended. Pedestrian movement has also been banned in the no-go area....