Pakistan on Wednesday lodged a strong protest by summoning the Afghan Charge d’ Affaires to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after three soldiers were martyred in a cross-border terrorist attack in North Waziristan last night.
70 to 80 terrorists, operating “from bases in Afghanistan” attacked Pakistani troops engaged in fencing operations along the border in Alwara, North Waziristan. Three soldiers were martyred and seven others were critically injured in the incident.
“The Afghan diplomat was informed that Pakistan strongly deplores such provocations which are detrimental to peace and stability along Pakistan-Afghanistan border,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.
The Afghan side was urged to take immediate action against the terrorist elements on their side and ensure effective measures so that such incidents are not repeated in future, it added.
Three soldiers martyred, seven injured in Afghan cross-border attack
Shedding light on the incident, the FO statement read, “On the night of April 30/May 1, 70-80 terrorists, based in Gayan and Bermal districts of Afghanistan’s Paktika province, crossed the Pak-Afghan border and launched fire raids and physical attacks on Pakistani military troops operating in North Waziristan district to fence the border.
“Pakistan military repulsed the attack by these terrorists, who after suffering significant casualties fled back to Afghanistan in small groups. These terrorists were able to escape due to lack of appropriate response by the Afghan security forces.”
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