Blatant violation: Pakistan protests deadly Afghan cross-border raid

Afghan border police kill five Pakistani citizens in Zhob.


Mohammad Zafar/kamran Yousaf September 18, 2013
According to Pakistani security officials, three vehicles of the Afghan border police infiltrated Pakistani territory late Tuesday night and opened fire on tribesmen living close to the border. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA/ ISLAMABAD:


Islamabad lodged a strong protest with Kabul on Wednesday after Afghan security forces killed at least five Pakistani citizens close to the Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan.


“The Afghan charge d’affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office and a strong protest was lodged over indiscriminate firing by Afghan border police near Godwana village, Zhob district, which resulted in the martyrdom of five innocent Pakistanis,” said a statement issued by the foreign ministry spokesperson.

Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said Pakistan conveyed its ‘serious concern’ to the Afghan diplomat and demanded an inquiry into the incident.

“The Afghan government was asked to hold an inquiry into the incident, adhere to the border coordination and cooperation mechanisms, and prevent the recurrence of such incidents, which are detrimental to the friendly relations and undermine goodwill between the two brotherly countries,” the statement added.



According to Pakistani security officials, three vehicles of the Afghan border police infiltrated Pakistani territory late Tuesday night and opened fire on tribesmen living close to the border. The incident took place in the Qamar Din Karez area near Zhob city, some 330 kilometres away from Quetta.

“Five men from Loion tribe were killed and a woman was injured in the indiscriminate firing by Afghan police” they said, adding that a levies official was among the dead.



A district administration official confirmed the incident   which took place around 11pm on Tuesday. He added that the Afghan policemen escaped after the attack. He said it was not immediately known what triggered the cross-border raid.

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch condemned the attack and said that not only was the incident a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty but could greatly damage Pak-Afghan ties.

“We want brotherly ties with all our neighbouring countries… [However] we will not tolerate the violation of our border and the massacre of innocent Pakistani citizens,” he said.

The chief minister recalled that the incident was not the first of its kind and many innocent lives had been lost in earlier border violations by Afghan forces. Three Pakistani citizens were killed by Afghan forces in the same area in January 2010.

“Such incidents are regrettable and can harm the ties of both countries,” he said, urging the security forces of both Afghanistan and Pakistan to avoid such occurrences in the future and ensure stability in the region.

The chief minister added that he has asked for a detailed report regarding the incident from authorities concerned and has directed forces to tighten security near the Pak- Afghan border.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2013.

COMMENTS (11)

gp65 | 8 years ago | Reply @sterry: "@Leela: Is that why Indians are always ashamed when foreigners point out that the Taj Mahal, Red Fort etc were all built by Muslim invaders from Central Asia and that India’s own culture is very limited?" Some facts: 1) Babar was an invader. Shah Jahan was an Indian (unlike Ghori, Ghaznavi etc.) because not just he but his grandfather were born, lived and died in India as did his sons. It was Shah Jahan and not Babar who built Taj Mahal and Red Fort. So Indians rightly consider Red Fort and TajMahal as part of our heritage. 2) In any case Taj Mahal and Red Fort are not the only 2 historical monuments in India as you seem to believe. 3) Culture is not restricted to monuments. Hindustani and Carnatic classical music forms, 7 classical dance forms (Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Odissi, Kathakali, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam), so many folk dance styles (Garba, Ghummar, Bhangra, Laavni), folk music styles, cuisine, languages, clothing styles are all elements of India's very rich 5000 culture. The fact that this land is birthplace of 4 different religions is also a part of our culture as is the fact that India provided shelter to Parsis who were fleeing oppression and also Jews. India is the only country where Jews have lived for centuries without oppression. Too bad your study of history is limited to what Oriya Maqbool Jaan and Zaid Hamid tell you.
Han | 8 years ago | Reply The Afghans have a habit of taking Pakistan's restraint for a sign of weakness. It's time to give the Afghans what they deserve. Close off all Afghan foreign trade and supply routes running through Pakistan, throw all Afghan refugees out of Pakistan and resume shelling TTP bases in Afghanistan, and also shell Afghan army positions if they resist or counterattack. Let's up the ante for the Afghans and see how far they're able to walk the talk before Pakistan beats them down.
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