Afghanistan returns captured Pakistani soldier, five bodies

Published: April 17, 2018
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KHOST: Afghan tribesmen on Monday returned a Pakistani soldier they captured in a deadly skirmish along the countries’ border, as well as the bodies of five soldiers, the governor of Afghanistan’s Khost province said.

The tribesmen handle security in their Zazi Maidan district of Khost.

The soldier and the bodies were handed to Pakistani troops, said Khost governor Hukum Khan Habibi. The dispute arose over Pakistan’s work on a fence intended to span nearly the entire disputed 2,500-km border, much of it mountainous and porous. Afghan officials have alleged that Pakistani troops crossed onto Afghanistan soil, prompting firing on Sunday by border forces and the local tribal force.

Border clashes threaten Pak-Afghan thaw

The two sides later agreed on a ceasefire. The Pakistani military has previously said that two of its soldiers were killed. An Afghan army commander has said two tribesmen were killed in the skirmish. A spokesperson for the Pakistan Army could not be immediately reached.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Zahid
    Apr 17, 2018 - 9:30AM

    Civilians can do political solutions but that’s possible if army goes back to its constitutional role abd not act as de facto rulers. Military solutions are short lived, temporary and with waste of valuable lives as proven by history.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 17, 2018 - 9:38AM

    Surprise the Afghans stab us in the back again.RIP brave FC men.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 17, 2018 - 9:39AM

    This useless Afghan government needs a firm nudge in the right direction.Pakistan army and the tribal people can easily do thisRecommend

  • Pakistani Baluch
    Apr 17, 2018 - 9:56AM

    Can we please consider returning 100,000 Afghans to Afghanistan for every Pakistani Soldier they killed.Recommend

  • Ts
    Apr 17, 2018 - 10:16AM

    Afghan taliban should kick out usa from afghanistan asapRecommend

  • Pekhawar Khan
    Apr 17, 2018 - 11:41AM

    So whose Shaheed and whose not?Recommend

  • neat
    Apr 18, 2018 - 1:14PM

    Fence these rats Afghans. Keep them out. They are polluting the Pashtun Brand.Recommend

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