Four Pakistani soldiers killed in Afghan rocket attack: ISPR

Published: August 23, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: At least four soldiers of the Pakistan Army were killed and four others were injured on Sunday as militant groups fired rockets from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Khyber Agency.

“Four Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and four others injured due to rocket fire,” an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

“According to reports, rounds fired from Afghanistan side opposite Khyber Agency by terrorists hit a 8,000 feet high Pakistani post in Akhandwala Pass,” the statement added.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded and eliminated the group of terrorists.”

Read: Cross-border fire from Afghanistan injures two

The attack comes a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reiterated his call on Pakistan to adopt the “same definition” for terrorism for attacks in Afghanistan as it does for attacks across the Durand Line.

“Pakistan should have an understanding of the situation in Afghanistan and use the same definition of terrorism with regards to Afghanistan as it does domestically,” Ghani said in a meeting with outgoing Swedish Ambassador to Afghanistan Peter Semneby.

In a statement released from the Afghan Presidential Palace, Ghani added the region and the world were in agreement with Afghanistan on the fight against terrorism, especially on the links between terrorism and criminal economy.

Pakistan lodges protest with Afghan envoy

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office summoned Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai and lodged protest over the killing of four soldiers in the rocket attack.

“The Ministry lodged a strong protest against the mortar shelling from Afghanistan in Khyber Agency this morning…,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Read: Ghani urges Pakistan to use same definition of terrorism for Afghanistan as it does domestically

It is the second time Pakistan has called the Afghan ambassador to the foreign ministry in less than a week amid growing tensions between the two countries.

“The Afghan envoy was asked to urge his government to investigate the incident and share the result of the inquiry with the Government of Pakistan,” the statement added. “Pakistan fully condemns terrorism in all forms and manifestations and is willing to collaborate with Afghanistan to fight the common enemy. However, the attacks against our military personnel are unacceptable.”

The Afghan ambassador said he would convey the message to the authorities concerned, and also expressed condolences on the killings, the statement added.

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  • Jahan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 5:01PM

    So is Afghanistan going to blame pak for the this attack that came from their border now? Incompetent afghan forces can’t control their borders they’re just like India.Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Aug 23, 2015 - 5:09PM

    Afghanistan follows the Indian example:

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/943256/one-killed-in-indian-firing-along-loc-ispr/

    Pakistan must do deep soul searching as to why three of her four neighbors, Iran, Afghanistan and India, from time to time have resort to cross border firing that targets Pakistan.
    Pakistan needs to also do deep soul searching why three of its neighbors do not feel the need to indulge in similar cross border firing with some of their neighbors like Turkmenistan in Iran’s case, Tajikistan in Afghanistan’s sake or Nepal in India’s case.
    Ceasing to provoke neighbors will benefit the people of Pakistan greatly by having one less problem among the myriads of problems assailing Pakistan, to deal with.Recommend

  • Aug 23, 2015 - 5:42PM

    Every country around Pakistan is fed up with its policy of employing terror as its foreign policy.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Aug 23, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Why is Pakistan having issues with all neighbouring countries. Either everyone is wrong or Pakistan is wrong.Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:04PM

    Bad terrorist killing our soldiers…..Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:09PM

    @Sri Varahadev: Pakistanis have done enough soul searching and have found the truth and truth is that Pakistan is a buffer zone, great wall, cushion and punching bag between India and conquerors, criminals, terrorists, looters and plunderers of Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia. If there had been no Pakistan between India and these plunderers, you would be not living the way you do now. You know why Indians invented “Chatni” “Achaar” and “Dhoti” because Afghans, Iranians and Central Asian plunderers would take all food and clothes from the land of wheat, rice and cotton. You should thank Pakistan for saving you guys from these plunderers.Recommend

  • Anjaan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:31PM

    @ Ch Allah Daad ,

    Well said my friend … but this is 21st century … are you still living in the barbarian 7th century … !!Recommend

  • samir
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:35PM

    The soul searching that we need to do is how to fence the border with Afghanistan. Recommend

  • ajay
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:44PM

    Ch. Allah Dad your are right but partially, Pakistan is not the buffer zone but infact is the creator of conquerors, criminals, terrorists, looters and plunderer…..
    the problem is not with the central asia but you…Recommend

  • Observer
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:47PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    The Pavlovian response when an unpleasant reality kicks in is to come up with ‘creative theories’ (some may call it soul-searching).. How about some explanations for sauce and ketchup.May be you should come out of the medieval bubble to explain why Afghans & Iranians are calling you ” plunderers…..”.Recommend

  • BOL
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:54PM

    @ Ch Allah Daad.

    Absolutely spot on. Can’t be more precise. Indians and Afghan are the worst thing happening to Humanity! They are God send devils on earthRecommend

  • Aug 23, 2015 - 6:56PM

    Well done Afghans keep it up!Recommend

  • Cheema
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:14PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad Well said. Soul searching is complete for us. We must look towards progress and should not care a bit about our enemies. They will never accept our existence. Afghans have a history of more than 2000 years of backstabbing us. Throughout the history they looted us and they will never change their nature. We should stay strong to defend ourselves against their aggression. India will always Afghans to weaken us. Afghans will try their best to loot us again in the future as this is what the history tell us.Recommend

  • ghazal
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:18PM

    when I was young ,I saw a Pakistani play in which hero wishes that “”neighbor’s wall should collapse , even if his son is buried beneath it””. i think line catches soul of the nation. Has anybody done introspection why Pakistan is a margarine not only for its neighbors but to 60% of the world, why half of the all terrorists caught/ killed have direct or indirect connection with Pakistan. My paki friends , pls give peace a chance, world is enough for all of usRecommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:30PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Iranian or Central Asian conquerors are long gone, the world only sees terrorists in PakistanRecommend

  • Me
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:48PM

    @ BOL- well said
    Pakistan is a survivor! Its people are the most resilient on the face of Earth otherwise No country could have survived savages like Afghans and Colluders / Backstabbers like the Indians. Recommend

  • Ex Pat
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:53PM

    @Jahan:
    you are right that Afghan’s army is incompetent and can not control the borders, but a muslim neighbor it doesn’t suits pak to send terrorists in daylight and create its political gain as part of western project. Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:05PM

    @Sri Varadev
    @Kabuli
    It was from the militants and they were eliminated…Afghan soldiers cant do thisRecommend

  • Vinod
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:11PM

    @Khalid aka indian troll .
    Do i have to remind indians of the recent adventure that they did in Myanmar and their continuous border dispute with china and Bangladesh , Either everyone is wrong or INDIA is wrong. Recommend

  • razamohsin
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:14PM

    Pakistan has been doing so much for the peace in this region. facts speak very high of its Achievement and contribution towards peace as acknowledged By Americans and world all over. we have successfully completed operations in all over FATA killing scores of terrorists which are being funded by Indians and now some hiding in Afghanistan ( Indians have accepted their sponsoring of terrorism in Pakistan from Afghanistan and also US officials are also agreeing to Pakistan concerns on Indians wrong doings from Afghanistan) being backed by Afghan intelligence. regarding Iran we have friendly ties but the problem with them is of different nature due to sect being involved, we have good ties with them so please dont compare it with with India (arch rival and enemy) and Afghanistan problem. rest we know how to good tackle both India and Afghanistan but we want peace to prevail, unfortunately it is not the wish and desire of India and Afghanistan. please afghan leadership stop playing in the hands of Indians, they are not trust worthy and anyone’s friends. The sacrifices of these soldiers wont go waste Pakistan will InshAllah retaliate soon. i know there are so many anti Pakistan(esp the Indians) element active on ET cant face and live up to the truth. Recommend

  • PAkistani
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:21PM

    The moment the US leaves Afghanistan this nuisance will end.The pro India Tajik/dari speaking ‘government’ will fallRecommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:59PM

    @Sri Varahadev:
    Now that’s Indian logic which is different than normal human being. Do India have fought three wars with Nepal and can Nepal even shout back India? Afghanistan doesn’t have border and land claiming issue with any of it’s neighbor. They are putting Indian money to good use. Pakistan army should have bombed whole area with air force to avenge our brave soldiers. RIP guys. I hope one day our government does wake up and realize that they have done too much for these Afghans and should send them back or to India. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:02PM

    @Anjaan: This is a 21st century but plunderers of north west still live in a stone age. Its Pakistan which has contained them there. Just for your soul searching, wipe out Pakistan from the map and imagine where these barbarians would be heading to. Recommend

  • curious2
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:32PM

    If the Taliban attacked from Afghanistan then how did Pakistan eliminate these terrorist?Recommend

  • Talking Point
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:36PM

    @BOL: meantime worst things happen to your country every day. Why is that every single country that Pak wooed since 1960’s – US to China to UAE are increasingly favourable towards India and giving lip service to you ? Ever saw yourself as others see you – absolutely untrustworthy , sly , acting behind the backs , copy cats , living in shadow , ….. Recommend

  • Aug 23, 2015 - 9:45PM

    Now Afghanistan will start a fake propaganda against Pakistan that Pakistani forces started firing and shelling….. We should teach a lesson to Afghanistan. These Afghans are not innocents like the people of Gaza. Recommend

  • Shak
    Aug 23, 2015 - 10:34PM

    “Unprovoked” definitely!Recommend

  • Sheikh Saa'di
    Aug 23, 2015 - 11:21PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Afghans, Iranians and Central Asian plunderers would take all food and clothes from the land of wheat, rice and cotton. You should thank Pakistan for saving you guys from these plunderers.

    Just look around yourself. Your heroes are

    MBQ,
    Ghazani,
    Ghori,
    Babur,
    Nadirshah,
    Abdali.

    You are more allies and descendants of the marauders than anything else.

    Moderator ET- This is a ‘factual’ rebuttal. Allow it in the spirit of fairness.Recommend

  • nust
    Aug 24, 2015 - 12:09AM

    @Sri Varahadev

    Maybe India should d some soul searching too. Why does it have territorial disputes with 6 out of 8 of its neighbours? Recommend

  • straightshooter
    Aug 24, 2015 - 1:09AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    What you say is true; what they say is not entirely false either. They just choose not to look beyond the 70-odd years in this discussion, as it doesn’t suit them here. Not any reason why we shouldn’t, honestly.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 24, 2015 - 3:00AM

    Indian and NDS are behind the attack on Pakistan, but our hero General Raheel Sharif and our Arms force destroy all these killersRecommend

  • Afghan Dude
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:42AM

    @Jahan:
    Pakistan is getting attacked by the same monster it created. Thats the order of the nature. Recommend

  • Brar
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:52AM

    @Cheema: That is why Abdalim Gaznji are Gauri are your heroes and you proudly names your missiies after them,search your soul once again.Recommend

  • Brar
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:56AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    @Cheema: That is why Abdalim Gaznji are Gauri are your heroes and you proudly names your missiies after them,search your soul once again.Recommend

  • Aug 24, 2015 - 5:41AM

    @Anon: That is why you need selecting, training and deploying good terrorists around the world to fight and kill bad terrorists. Good policy. At .least the army can relax. Franchising your job is the new mantra.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 24, 2015 - 6:59AM

    @Sri Varahadev: Likewise, India has to do some profound soul-searching why 4 of its Saarc neighbors find India, in general, and Indians, specifically, a nosey meddlesome country with obnoxious people having a baniyah mentality.Recommend

  • Ddoo
    Aug 24, 2015 - 8:09AM

    Afghanistan continues to attack the hand that feeds it. It is about time that we get rid of Pakthuns from Pakistan. We know their loyalties aren’t with us. And in case of war they will always side with Afghans. Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 24, 2015 - 12:43PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: , And you feel great pride in naming your missiles (Gauri,Ghaznavi etc.) to the same conquerors, criminals, terrorists, looters and plunderers of Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia. Hahaha, Identity Crisis at its best – Pakistan.Recommend

  • bharat
    Aug 24, 2015 - 1:11PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Which plunderers are you talking about ? Recommend

  • Sep 6, 2015 - 2:51AM

    Afghan Taliban created by Afghanistan,USA,Iran and Saudia…..Afghanistan turned Afghan taliban into terrorists by not accepting them and asking USA to bomb Taliban….those who say Pakistan is under attack by its own snake….it means they are sponsoring terror in Pakistan….because terrorists who WERE attacking Pakistan were created by India and Afghanistan because there was no border between pakistan and afghanistan in the FATA region….Afghanistan is frustrated country that is why it sponsors a joint terror in pakistan with the help of India…..BTW….pakistan has killed your terror army ! good luck afghan brothers( parteners of Indians) LOL !Recommend

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