Chaman border attack: 50 Afghan soldiers killed, 100 injured in retaliatory fire, says IG FC

Maj Gen Nadeem Ahmed says Afghan forces entered Pakistan to launch assault on civilian population


News Desk May 07, 2017
Maj Gen Nadeem Ahmed says Pakistan targeted Afghan security check-posts, killing 50 people. PHOTO: SCREEN GRAB

Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said Afghan forces targeted civilian population while Pakistan targeted their check-posts, inflicting heavy casualties.

At least 10 people including an FC personnel and women, children were killed and 47 others injured when Afghan forces targeted troops guarding a census team in Chaman on Friday.

"Afghan forces entered Pakistan and occupied houses to take position and launch an attack," the IG FC told a news conference Sunday afternoon.

"Pakistani forces, on the other hand, targeted Afghan security check-posts, killing 50 people and injuring 100," Ahmed added. "The forces targeted civilians and used children as human shields."

"Nevertheless, we did not feel jubilant at the losses inflicted on the other side as Afghans are our brothers."

Pakistan will respond instantly, effectively to border violations: Khawaja Asif

Subsequently, the Afghan side contacted Pakistan requesting ceasefire, which was accorded and welcomed, he said. "A flag meeting on the local level was also held."

"The entire responsibility of the incident, Ahmed added, lies with the Afghan forces," the IG said and added that any such aggression in future will result in a twofold and similar reaction. Ahmed went on to add that the incident was a result of Afghan-India collusion.

Ahmed said Pakistan was targeted despite that the Afghan side was well informed of the ongoing census activity.

"We want to make it clear that Pakistan's international border is non-negotiable and no compromise will be made on it."

The attack caused the border to be closed again indefinitely while a curfew was imposed in Torkham bazaar as a preemptive measure.

On Saturday, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif reiterated the stance for promoting mutual cooperation with Afghanistan to eliminate terrorism, but made it clear Pakistan would respond instantly and effectively in a befitting way to border violations.

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Abid Hussain | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend I had the privilege to listen to Major General Nadeem Ahmed's press briefing, and earlier to the brief comments by Lt. Gen Amir Riaz. Both sets of comments were preceded by statements of COAS, especially during his visit to the LOC. I congratulate Pakistan Army, admirably led by COAS Bajwa, for having such professional officers in its midst. While they stated that they do not feel happy with the damage that Afghan border forces invited on themselves, this act by itself is reflective of the professional and compassionate mindset of our Army leadership. The Pakistan Army has done what no other army could do when it comes to taking on the terrorists. I have always been saddened at the high officer casualty ratio, but to me, this means, this officer corps and General Bajwa are leading from the front. They deserves every Pakistani's highest respect. We are beholden to our shaheeds, officer and non commissioned officers, alike, and let us know our valiant command how much we appreciate their view that violation of Pakistan's territorial boundaries is non-negotiable. May Allah keep our jawans, officers, commanders, and COAS under his protection, always. Ameen.
Yasir | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend Afghans never accepted the existance of pakistan. They are the only muslim country who closed their borders to muslims migrating in 1924 to take refuge. They always need tough lesson to make their mind on right track. They have always been with india and anti pakistan states. Crush them so they dont dare do any adventure next time
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