Pakistan Army major injured in Torkham firing succumbs to wounds

Published: June 14, 2016
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Major Ali Jawad was injured by Afghan firing at Torkham on Monday. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Major Ali Jawad was injured by Afghan firing at Torkham on Monday. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

A Pakistan Army major injured in Torkham firing succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

“Major Ali Jawad Changezi has succumbed to his wounds,” a security official confirmed to The Express Tribune.

Military’s media wing ISPR also confirmed the news of Changezi’s death.

Islamabad has strongly protested to Kabul over Sunday night’s ‘unprovoked firing’ by Afghan security forces at the Torkham border crossing as authorities clamped a curfew on the main border town amid renewed tensions between the two militancy-plagued neighbours.

Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on ceasefire along Torkham border: Abdullah Abdullah

Afghan border guards started ‘unprovoked firing’ at roughly 9pm on Sunday to disrupt the construction of a gate on the Pakistani side of the border.

The military released an image on Monday, showing the under-construction gate is 37 metres inside Pakistani territory.

Two Pakistani border guards and nine civilians – including women and children – were injured in the firing that continued till 5am on Monday. Pakistani forces effectively retaliated, and an Afghan official claimed that one of their soldiers was killed and six were wounded.

In Islamabad, the Afghan charge d’affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey Pakistan’s strong protest over the ‘unprovoked firing’.

“The Afghan charge d’affaires was told that the firing incident was contrary to the spirit of friendly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

“The Afghan side was urged to thoroughly investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistani authorities. It was further emphasised that all steps should be taken to avoid recurrence of such incidents in the future.”

It added that the gate at Torkham border crossing was being constructed to facilitate cross-border movement of people and vehicles.

“The under-construction gate is 37 metres within Pakistani territory,” the ISPR said and released a picture in support of the claim.

“This gate is considered essential to check and verify documentation of all those who cross the border. It will check the move[ment] of terrorists,” Lt Gen Asim Bajwa wrote on Twitter.

Two Afghan policemen killed

Two Afghan policemen were killed and nine others wounded in gunfights since Sunday, said Mohammad Ayub Hussain Khil, border police chief in eastern Afghanistan.

“The firing continued till 7:00 am (Tuesday). The border is now closed until the tension subsides,” he told AFP.

Tit-for-tat move

In Kabul, Pakistan’s Ambassador Abrar Hussain was called to the Afghan foreign ministry to register a protest. However, the Pakistani envoy rejected Kabul’s objection to the construction of the gate at Torkham.

Border management system starts functioning at Torkham

“The ambassador told the Afghan side that Pakistan is building a facilitation centre well inside its territory that will help mostly Afghans and there is no justification for Afghanistan’s opposition,” a diplomatic source said. Ambassador Abrar also clarified that Afghan forces triggered the skirmish.

The Afghan foreign ministry said in a statement that Deputy Foreign Minister Naseer Ahmad Andesha told the Pakistani envoy that the construction of the gate at Torkham “is against the understanding” between the two countries.

He claimed Pakistani security forces fired at the Afghan border forces.

Senior Afghan leaders also blamed Pakistan for the border clash. Chief Executive Abdullah spoke on the issue in his speech to the council of ministers.

“Pakistan wanted to build new installations and Afghan border forces didn’t allow that. Pakistan fired towards Afghan forces,” he said.

“We’ve currently agreed to a ceasefire with Pakistan. We hope this problem will end through the work by diplomatic addresses,” Tolo TV quoted Abdullah as telling the ministers. “This [border tension] doesn’t help anyone’s interest”.

However, hours after Abdullah’s speech, border guards from both sides again traded heavy fire.

Curfew imposed

Political administration in Khyber Agency imposed a curfew in Torkham and Landikotal in early hours of Monday and closed the Pak-Afghan Highway right from Hayatabad to Torkham for all kinds of traffic. As a result, hundreds of vehicles were stranded at different points on the Khyber Pass, especially at Takhta Beg, Parangsum and Begyari check posts.

Firing at Torkham border left nine Pakistani civilians injured

Fears of fresh fighting forced Shinwari tribesmen living in Torkham to move to their relatives in Landikotal and elsewhere in Khyber Agency. Business activity in the region has also come to a standstill. Torkham is the busiest border crossing between the two countries.

Shah Hussain Shinwari, the president of the Khyber Agency chapter of ANP, demanded that the administration deploy Khasadar force for the security of the abandoned houses in Torkham.

Dozens of Shinwari tribesmen, including women and children, had to walk miles to reach Landikotal when the border clash started, he said.

Afghanistan has blocked repeated attempts by Pakistan to build a fence on sections of the roughly 2,200-km long frontier, rejecting the contours of the boundary, known as Durand Line.

Torkham is one of the major crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where hundreds of trucks and thousands of people cross the border daily through the Khyber Pass.

The border was closed over similar clashes last month, but was reopened after an understanding was reached between the two countries.

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase border troops

Pakistani security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media, said the army had moved heavy weaponry and additional troops to the Afghan border on Monday night.

On Monday, an Afghan border police commander also confirmed that reinforcements had been deployed to the Afghan side of the border.

General Raheel attends funeral

Army chief General Raheel Sharif attended the funeral of Changezi along with Director General ISPR, Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa and other senior officers of the Pakistan Army.

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Reader Comments (47)

  • Unknown
    Jun 14, 2016 - 12:18PM

    Now these crying beggar Afghans will pay. Deport all of them from Pakistan Recommend

  • Reader
    Jun 14, 2016 - 12:21PM

    Pakistan should kick-out all afghan refugeesRecommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jun 14, 2016 - 12:23PM

    Afghanistan Army has come a long way by challenging a Nuclear power? Well its Pakistan which has not grown up, due to lack of money and training. Afghanistan is financed by USA and India and has been training with India. That explains Afghans confidence.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Jun 14, 2016 - 12:26PM

    Afghanistan – you ungrateful puppet of a nation.Recommend

  • Proud Indian
    Jun 14, 2016 - 12:31PM

    LOL..Pakistan was at it again…Started firing at the Afgans, and the Afgans replied with all force…:)Recommend

  • Abdul Awwal
    Jun 14, 2016 - 12:38PM

    The Afghans were only measuring the “strategic depth” of the Majors body with bullets.Recommend

  • Ardi
    Jun 14, 2016 - 12:55PM

    Time to kick out Afghanis from PAK!!Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:19PM

    My Pakistani friends must know that even their grand father knew what fighting means with Afghans… You can’t win a war fighting with Afghans.. You can only win our heart coming in peace otherwise War is like a PlayStation 4 game for us. WE can play it with you day and night!

    If you want to play the game – Afghans are always ready because Afghans have nothing else to do, except fighting which is like a national game for us. LOLRecommend

  • wb
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:23PM

    You play with fire, you get burnt.Recommend

  • Atif Khan
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:44PM

    Govt should declare a reward of 50k for each Afghanis who has obtained fake Pakistani CNIC and kick these people out immediately. Enough. Block their transit trade and let them rot for good. Recommend

  • jamal
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:55PM

    lets all blame politicians for this. because ultimately its is them who are responsible of weaponry and staffing. they are the one who tells when to pull the trigger under heavy hostile shelling. now that PM is london, the field commander tried to call PM house but couldnt get direct order. best leadership of best army has nothing to do with operational matters of army as they are busy in sorting out panama papersRecommend

  • Jun 14, 2016 - 2:11PM

    PAK army weapons named on Afghani, Ghori, ghazni, taimur, Babur, abdali now will threaten to Afghani. Give them royalty 1st. Then threaten them.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:24PM

    @Proud Indian:
    LOL… now go to sleep…. and stop taking drugsRecommend

  • Ali
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:30PM

    A nuclear state fighting with a war torn country. Pathetic Recommend

  • Hasan Mehmood
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:32PM

    @Salim Khan:
    Ha Ha You must be joking. They can’t even confront Afghan Taliban without American backup support wasting billions of USA dollars spent to strengthen their armed forces.Recommend

  • Mansoor Rathore
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:32PM

    Our leaders need to realize that the average Pakistani has enough of Afghans. We should deport them immediately. Our econmy will benefit immeasurably. Recommend

  • Hasan Mehmood
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:35PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Try subduing Afghan Taliban first who are unfortunately (seriously) poised to take over if Americans don’t stay back. Yes Afghans are masters at gorilla tactics but not face to face confrontation.Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:42PM

    Please do not use the old cliched narrative, that Pakistan fought Afghan war. Pakistan had no choice the USSR had threatened the entire region (Pakistan and Afghanistan), upon Afghanistan annexation, next on USSR list was Pakistan. USSR wanted access to the warmer waters by all means. So, Pakistan fought Afghanistan war to save itself from USSR and in the process completely destroyed Afghanistan for generations to come…Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:43PM

    What a shame on our foreign office what are they doing only trying to please modi. Recommend

  • Malik Kakazai
    Jun 14, 2016 - 2:45PM

    Making fun of our saheed major may be your hobby abdul and fighting may be your national game Hakim but know this we have Phatans here in Pak too and in our army too and we also know how to play this game , now just sit back and relax and u wont know what hit uRecommend

  • Jun 14, 2016 - 3:10PM

    Pakistan is supporting Terrorism, Osama, Haqqani, Mansour and all other anti-Afghan elements are in Pakistan, Pakistan will pay for this, no other option is left with Afghans, we will restore our captured land, read historyRecommend

  • PusthonPaki
    Jun 14, 2016 - 3:36PM

    @Hakim Afghani:

    That Mr. is Pusthons. Half of which lies on this part of the land and is a reason why your sinister activities always fail. If we Pusthons take you with hand, you refugees won’t survive a day in Pakistan or Pukhtoon Hospitals. We have had enough of you but we still calm ourselves due to being Muslims. To give you more, while 2/5th of your population ran out of afghanistan during russia war, it was Pakistan and its pushtons who fought for you Mr.

    Now stop being a pain for us and leave our country. For a mind just think that why on earth would Pakistan shot when the wall was being build by pakistan and not you!! Stop your lies at least in ramadan!!Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jun 14, 2016 - 3:38PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Please read history, Sikhs army defeated Afghans twice in Seventeen hundred. Afghan armies ran for their life. Than Russians occupation, Where Pakistani helped to defeat Russians. Now you lalk big Please read history how we saved Afghanistan from Russians. otherwise you would have been slaves of Russians. Please check reality before you write on Pakistani papers.Recommend

  • MOI
    Jun 14, 2016 - 4:21PM

    @Hakim Afghan… the same playstation you might have stolen from someones house in Islamabad or Peshawar??Recommend

  • Syed
    Jun 14, 2016 - 4:25PM

    @Hakim Afghani: This is really GREAT that you are GREAT in doing WARS. But it would be much GREATER if you take care of your CITIZENS instead of throwing them in Pakistan for food & shelter. Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Jun 14, 2016 - 4:29PM

    This very sad news we all are brothers and like to fight together with our enemies not each other.
    :(Recommend

  • Sad but True
    Jun 14, 2016 - 5:35PM

    @PakPower:
    Remember one thing: Afghanistan is not your province.Recommend

  • B
    Jun 14, 2016 - 5:40PM

    Before kicking the Afghans out, please explain what happened to the US$ billions of dollars that UNHCR gave to Pakistan and never the refugees.Recommend

  • Pak Lover
    Jun 14, 2016 - 6:52PM

    Time to rename our Abdali and Ghauri missiles after Pakistani heroes instead of Afghan invaders.Recommend

  • khattak
    Jun 14, 2016 - 6:52PM

    Afghans have had enough. They gonna loose nothing but gain a lot. Taliban will find it hard to justify war on Afghans & this may unite Afghan nation against a common enemy. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:08PM

    Just like the architects who devised the brilliant strategy “Defense of East Pakistan Lies in West Pakistan,” The boys responsible for formulating the “Strategic Depth Initiative” should be given medals of commendation (Obviously Pun Intended).Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:09PM

    ..In Islamabad, the Afghan charge d’affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey Pakistan’s strong protest …

    I hope the Afghan diplomat was told that the pakistan’s sovereignty can not be violated. Also did Pakistan tell him that pakistan has nuclear bomb and is leader of ummah?Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:15PM

    The loss of any human life is sad, even if he was a pakistani major. The pakistan fauj should retaliate and tell the Afghans that there won’t be any more fauji cement for rebuilding in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:50PM

    Pakistan must do deep soul searching as to why three of her four neighbors, Afghanistan, Iran and India, from time to time have resorted to cross border firing that targets Pakistan.
    Pakistan needs to also do deep soul searching why three of its neighbors do not feel the need to indulge in similar cross border firing with some of their neighbors like Tajikistan in Afghanistan’s sake Turkmenistan in Iran’s case, or Nepal in India’s case.
    Ceasing to provoke neighbors will benefit the people of Pakistan greatly by having one less problem among the myriads of problems assailing Pakistan, to deal with.Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2016 - 9:14PM

    Rest is peace you are not dead your sacrifice will not go in vain. We salute every drop of your blood. The objective you fight for will be achieved one way or the others. Recommend

  • Anoni
    Jun 14, 2016 - 9:51PM

    If ET could publish the IP from which comments are posted .
    Then all the Indian trying to pose as afghan will be seen.

    I have met many Afghan and none of them talks as listed by so called afghans comments.

    it a game of divide and make enemies of each other.

    So be wise and stop this conflict . no one benefit only the innocent sufferRecommend

  • Alter Ego
    Jun 15, 2016 - 12:49AM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    My history is a little bit rusty but you defeated the English once.
    Then they came back to take revenge,i think they left entire Kabul bloodied and broken.
    Correct me if i am wrong.
    And now you play host to American invaders.
    Again,correct me if i am wrong.Recommend

  • barry
    Jun 15, 2016 - 1:38AM

    That highway was to help trade with Afghanistan and India. Now it will only help with China itself.

    Perhaps Pakistan can send them some sweets and a few terrorists from Balochistan?Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jun 15, 2016 - 1:43AM

    36 comments so far, and many from Pakistanis.

    What is striking is that not one said “Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon”.

    Why? Why?? Why???

    And here @Anoni claims that Indians are posing as Afghans. Recommend

  • yahr
    Jun 15, 2016 - 4:53AM

    can anyone enlighten me of the history of Pakistan? how old is Pakistan? then i will tell you Afghanistan history. Recommend

  • junaid
    Jun 15, 2016 - 5:15AM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Yeah we know that afghans has no work without fighting but my son pakistan army has more talented and power ful than afghan army so its so difficult for any country to fight with pakistan ok all countries will first think 1000 thousand times to attack on pak all super power countries affraid to attack on pak so u are just like babies train yourself more and more lol…….Recommend

  • Naim Khan
    Jun 15, 2016 - 6:45AM

    It’s time we kick all Afghans out of our country and close the borders for good we do not need beggars in our country. Afghan government can’t look after their own people, want to have war with Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sid
    Jun 15, 2016 - 8:13AM

    Zakat and Fitrah season coming up Afghans!!! Don’t get the Pakistanis upset or else no khairaat this year…..Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2016 - 9:53AM

    @Salim Khan:
    Training’s from India and USA and ending up in a miserable condition. Very poor training!! Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2016 - 10:11AM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    War is nothing but a lose, people on both side should consider it lose, rather than considering it proud. I am stunt to see that how positively war is being fantasized, afghan-us war has negatively effected Pakistani economy and law and order situation. Terrorism which is essential gift of war is destabilizing Pakistan in all area. This is time to learn lesson and show seriousness rather than consider a national game or play station we expected people to be mature at least. Recommend

  • Omer
    Jun 16, 2016 - 10:25AM

    I won’t comment as a child here anyone can say bad things about anyone its not like someone’s gonna find u and beat the crap out of u for it so i will just say a reasonable thing here, we all know what PAK army is capable of even India has failed to attack our Lands with their Army that is 3 times of our army and the Afghan people are still loyal to PAK but its the government that’s acting as Indian Puppet its gonna take Afghan years before they realize who wants peace in their country and which country just wants to use them as a tissue paper.
    And pls don’t threaten PAK this is no “fairy tale” in which u will have a happy ending we all know how this ends and its not good for Afghanis there is no two ways about it.Recommend

  • Syed Azhar Hussain
    Jun 17, 2016 - 8:22PM

    Afghan national game is done at kabul bai and at kabul chowk.
    Afghan better understand both these two locations.Recommend

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