Chaman firing: Rs3.4m distributed among heirs of martyrs

10 people were killed and 47 others injured as Afghan forces targeted troops guarding a census team


News Desk May 29, 2017
A Pakistani soldier keeps guard at the Friendship Gate, crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan, March 7, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan Army distributed on Monday Rs3.4 million in cash and 1.428 tonnes of ration among the residents of two villages in Chaman hit by firing from the Afghan side earlier this month.

At least 10 people including an Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and women, children were killed and 47 others injured when Afghan forces targeted troops guarding a census team in the area on May 5.

A ceremony was held in Chaman to acknowledge sacrifices by the locals of Killi Janghir and Killi Luqman due to the firing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

It was attended by representatives of civil administration and locals who thanked Pakistan Army and FC for their cooperation.

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Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Aamer Riaz, during his visit to Chaman, had assured the affected citizens that army will look after them.

Meanwhile, the paramilitary force will provide free education to the wards of the martyrs in FC school, the statement said, adding that the provincial government has also announced compensation for the martyrs and injured.

Headquarters FC has already distributed a relief package worth Rs25 million among the victims.

On Saturday, Pakistan reopened the Friendship Gate in Chaman on humanitarian grounds for Ramazan.

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